Police identify Ohioan as suspect in Charlottesville car ramming

Lawrence Kim
August 13, 2017

One person died and at least 26 others were sent to the hospital after a auto plowed into a group of peaceful anti-racist counterprotesters amid days of race-fueled marches and violent clashes.

Officials said separately, two people were killed when a police helicopter involved in handling the protests crashed just outside the city.

A 32-year-old woman was killed, according to police, who said they were investigating the crash as a criminal homicide. Col Martin Kumer, the Superintendent of Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, said that 20-year-old James Fields of OH has been charged with second degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and failing to stop at an accident that resulted in a death.

President Donald Trump on Saturday blamed "many sides" for the violent clashes between protesters and white supremacists in Virginia and contended that the "hatred and bigotry" broadcast across the country had taken root long before his political ascendancy.

President Trump in comments this afternoon condemned what he called "hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides" clearly afraid of alienating his extremists and right wing supporters.

Democrat House of Representatives member Adam Schiff said Trump "needs to speak out against the poisonous resurgence of white supremacy. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism".

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

Republican member Cory Gardner meanwhile tweeted that the President Trump should "call evil by its name. We are all Americans first".

After the election, in a November 2016 interview with The New York Times, Trump disavowed the movement and said he did not intend to energize the alt-right.

The Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, in a statement said the violence is also connected to Donald Trump's volatile rhetoric.

The FBI said Saturday that it had opened a civil rights investigation into the circumstances of the auto driving into crowd. "I urge all people of good will - go home".

"I have a message to all the white supremacists and the Nazis who came into Charlottesville today: My message is go home".

Thousands of people are expected to take part in the protest against the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

The city had been the scene of violent clashes between the nationalists and counter-protesters earlier.

Although a few cars were held up by the march, police say the demonstration is peaceful and there have been no arrests.

The vehicle attack occurred around 1:00 pm, soon after McAuliffe declared a state of emergency in the city for the clashes between participants in the march and those opposed to it.

He said: "I'm not going to make any bones about it".

"This weekend, white nationalists terrorized Charlottesville and the rest of our country". "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".

One person died when a auto surged into a crowd of what witnesses said was counter-demonstrators in Charlottesville. "Lets come together as one!" He also said "there is no place for this kind of violence in America".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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