FBI, federal prosecutors launch civil rights investigation into Virginia violence

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

A 32-year-old woman died after a vehicle plowed through a crowd. "U.S. Attorney Rick Mountcastle has commenced a federal investigation and will have the full support of the Department of Justice", Sessions' statement read, concluding, "Justice will prevail".

Late Saturday night, the FBI in Richmond, Va. said it had opened an investigation. Of course, counter protesters arrived.

The Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacists are repulsive and evil, and all of us have a moral obligation to speak out against the lies, bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred that they propagate.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a statement late Saturday decrying the "violence and deaths in Charlottesville", and saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department is investigating what local authorities are calling the murder of a 32-year-old woman protester. The First Amendment protects the rights of all Americans to speak their minds peaceably, but violence, brutality, and murder have no place in a civilized society.

"When such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and can not be tolerated", Sessions said in a press statement.

The turbulence began Friday night when white nationalists carried torches though the city's university campus in what they billed as a "pro-white" demonstration. Heidi's and my prayers are with the loved ones of those killed and injured in the ongoing violence in Charlottesville. "These bigots want to tear our country apart, but they will fail".

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