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White Nights: Before Charlottesville Was in the Spotlight, Police Arrested Their Most Prominent Critic in the Middle of the Night

Emmons, Alex

Publisher:  The Intercept
Date Written:  12/10/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article

Within two weeks of voters in Charlottesville going to the polls to decide on the city's next district attorney, the candidate vowing to rein in police abuse and roll back mass incarceration was arrested in the middle of the night and bound for a police station.



Jeff Fogel woke to the sound of someone furiously banging on his door. He quickly threw on a T-shirt and pajama bottoms while the banging continued, and stole a glance at his alarm clock before running downstairs. It was 12:30 a.m. in Charlottesville, Virginia.

When Fogel opened the door, he couldn't believe what he saw. He was face-to-face with five police officers on his front porch and behind them, five police cars lit up the neighboring houses red and blue with their flashing lights.

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