Man who Drove into Crowd in Custody

Lawrence Kim
August 13, 2017

Fighting broke out on Saturday in the city's downtown, when hundreds of people, some wearing white nationalist symbols and carrying Confederate battle flags, were confronted by a almost equal number of counter-protesters.

At least one counter-protest had already mobilized on Saturday night when demonstrators in Oakland, California blocked a freeway and set off fireworks in response to Charlottesville.

Police have not released the name of the person responsible for the crash nor have authorities confirmed if the suspect has been apprehended.

The violence prompted First Lady Melania Trump to call for an end to the clashes, tweeting: "Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts". Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas said the driver has been arrested and police are treating the incident as a criminal homicide investigation.

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

The woman was killed when a vehicle plunged into a crowd of people peacefully protesting the rally.

He has been charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and one count related to leaving the scene.

The remarks drew criticism from some GOP lawmakers as generic and insufficient to the moment, and took exception to the president's use of a kind of equivalence in condemning the violence. "Justice will prevail", he said. Virginia Police said two more people died when a helicopter crashed near protest site.

Anti-fascist counterprotesters wait outside Lee Park to hurl insults as white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" are forced out after the Unite the Right rally was declared an unlawful gathering, August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Va.

Police said Lieutenant H Jay Cullen of Midlothian and Trooper-Pilot Burke M.M. Bates of Quinton were killed in the crash. "Their deaths are a tremendous loss to our agency and the Commonwealth".

Kessler said earlier this week that the rally is partly about the removal of Confederate symbols but also about free speech and "advocating for white people". No injuries were reported from interactions with police, he said. Such was the violence that ensued this weekend, perpetrated by both sides in this demonstration and counter-demonstration and resulting in loss of life. White nationalists and their opponents promoted the event for weeks. And you did hurt people.

The Southern Poverty Law Center said it was expecting a range of far-right groups to attend including the National Socialist Movement, the League of the South, as well as "various anti-government, Patriot, militia, Klan, III Percenters and anti-immigration groups". "You're all among the best this nation produces", Trump tweeted.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred bigotry and violence on many sides", the president said during a Saturday press conference.

The "Unite the Right" march was called to protest against plans to remove a statue of General Robert E Lee, who had fought for the pro-slavery Confederacy during the US Civil War.

"A man from OH was held by police on charges relating to the auto incident, including second-degree murder, according to Martin Kumer, Albemarle Charlottesville's regional jail superintendent". "We stand with [Charlottesville] Mayor Mike Signer and everyone in his city with hope and prayers for peace to be restored".

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