'He just drove into people': Death at white power rally

Pierre Vaugeois
Août 13, 2017

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe had a pointed message for the right-wing groups that flocked to Charlottesville on Saturday: "Go home". Bates died one day before his 41st birthday; Cullen was 48.

United States President Donald Trump has condemned the hatred "on many sides" in response to the violent white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, saying that "the hatred and division in the America must stop as we are all Americans first".

"Mr. President, do you want the support of these white nationalist groups who say they support you, Mr. President?"

Maurice Jones, Charlottesville's African American city manager, looked stricken as he spoke.

Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas said that at least 35 people were injured and treated by city personnel.

Graphic video released of the incident reveals a 2010 gray Doge Challenger going full speed into a pedestrian mall, sending bodies flying in the air then putting the auto in reverse and going back in the direction it came from, hitting more bystanders.

"I have a message to all the white supremacists and the Nazis who came into Charlottesville today".

The police have arrested a man they believe drove the vehicle, which killed a 32-year-old woman and injured 19 others, Guardian reported.

The man driving the vehicle is in custody, Thomas said, and police were treating the incident as a criminal homicide investigation.

The Charlottesville Police Department said in a statement Saturday night that James Alex Fields Jr. of OH also faces three counts of malicious wounding, and one count related to leaving the scene. Five were in critical condition as of Saturday evening.

A university spokesman said one person was arrested and several people were injured.

Rally supporters and counter-protesters screamed, chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays on each other Saturday morning.

Despite the decision to quash the rally, clashes continued on side streets and throughout downtown.

A white supremacist carries the Confederate flag as he walks past counter demonstrators in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12, 2017. U.S. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., called the display "repugnant". "As one of the oldest and largest racial justice organizations in our country, we understand the human devastation discrimination brings, and the urgency of acting now to combat discrimination and hate".

"Schneiderman added: "Each of us, especially those of us in public office, has a moral obligation to condemn these actions in the strongest of terms. Lets come together as one!"

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the top law enforcement official in the country, said "the violence and deaths in Charlottesville strike at the heart of American law and justice". "But we can not forget that this is also a symptom of the rhetoric the Trump Administration has supported since the Presidential Election and into the White House, promoting violence, attacking civil rights, and allowing organizations backed by bigots to thrive", the NAN statement reads.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides", Trump said during a short statement, adding that he had been closely following bad events unfolding in Virginia.

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