Charlottesville report criticises police response and blocking of investigation

An independent report that found serious police and government failures in responding to violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville this summer also accuses police agencies of putting up roadblocks to the investigation.

The report, released on Friday by former US attorney Tim Heaphy, said Virginia state police refused to make commanders on the ground at the 12 August rally available for interviews or to provide most documents requested. It also said the Charlottesville police chief, Al Thomas, deleted relevant text messages and made officers fearful of retaliation for speaking with investigators.