After the Unite the Right rally - with its killing of Heather Heyer and the brutal gang-beating of DeAndre Harris, plus other violence that came to light later - the FBI set up a webpage for the public "to report information relating to criminal activity surrounding the violent protest in Charlottesville, Virginia." That page has already been taken offline. After a little more than one month. With two of the white supremacists who assaulted Harris still unidentified and presumably at large.  

The rally of neo-Nazis, Klansmen, the alt-right, Trump fans, and other overlapping racists happened on August 11 and 12, 2017. On August 16, the FBI issued a press release announcing the creation of its webpage for public tips:


(The press release is online here, and mirrors are here and here.)

The easy-to-remember URL they gave,, would redirect you to this page:

As you can see by clicking on either link, the tips page is gone.

But the Internet Archive and each have a copy:


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The Internet Archive has multiple mirrors of this page, with the last one being from September 19. I noticed the page missing on the night of October 1. It had been online a little more than a single month.

So, the FBI creates tips pages for some high-profile crimes, and they eventually take them down. But what's astonishing here is how quickly the Charlottesville tips page was pulled. By going through the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine, you can see that the tips page for the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando was up at least 11 months. The tips page for the killing of five Dallas police officers by a sniper was up at least 10 months. The tips page for the mass-stabbing at the Crossroads Mall in Minnesota was up at least 7.5 months.

If pages for single acts of violence in which the perpetrator dies at the scene can stay up for months and months, even around a year, why quickly pull down the page for an event that saw multiple acts of violence with numerous perpetrators, who, even now, haven't all been apprehended? Two of the men filmed brutalizing DeAndre Harris have not been ID'ed. (Photos of them are here.)      

To rub salt in the wound, new FBI Director Christopher Wray swore before a Senate committee that the FBI is actively pursuing violent white supremacists [article]. He said this on September 27. The FBI's Charlottesville tips webpage was taken down sometime between Sept 19 and Oct 1.