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|December 17, 2017|
Charlottesville violence ‘betrayed our core values’
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - An Ohio man was charged with murder after a car plowed into a crowd of demonstrators following a foiled white nationalist rally Saturday in killing a 32-year-old woman and leaving 19 others injured, police and officials said.
James Alex Fields, Jr. of Maumee, Ohio faces one count of second degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of hit-and-run after the incident, which sent pedestrians flying. In the wake of the crash, the Department of Justice opened an investigation into the incident.
"It was absolutely the most horrible thing I've ever witnessed," said Brittany Caine-Conley, the lead organizer with Congregate Charlottesville. "We ran to the scene and one of my friends actually tried to hold the wounds together for the woman who has passed away."
In a statement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that "the violence and deaths in Charlottesville strike at the heart of American law and justice. When such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and cannot be tolerated."
Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency after fights broke out between armor-clad, shield-carrying white nationalist demonstrators and similarly armed counterprotesters in Charlottesville.
White nationalists had gathered in Charlottesville to protest the removal of a Confederate statue three people were killed in violence at a rally and in a helicopter crash that police linked to the protest.
Among the white supremacists at Saturday's rally were alt-right leader Richard Spencer and former Ku Klux Klan member David Duke. Duke said the rally "represents a turning point for the people of this country."
"We are determined to take our country back. We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump," he added.
Story Date: August 14, 2017