When the white supremacists came to Charlottesville last summer, Emily Gorcenski decided to protest. Charlottesville was her home, and she didn’t want to see fascists marching through the street. But at a counter-protest, Gorcenski was hit with pepper spray by one of the rally’s speakers.
Christopher Cantwell later pleaded guilty to using pepper spray on Gorcenski and others , and spent three and a half months in prison. Gorcenski, a data scientist, was compelled to do more. She realized her training could help her communicate with both the police and the activist community. “Generally speaking, activists don’t trust police,” she told me over Skype.
Author: Matthew Gault