West in Charlottesville: "The police didn’t do anything in
terms of protecting the people of the community and the clergy. If it
hadn’t been for the anti-fascists protecting us from the
neo-fascists, we would have been crushed like cockroaches."
attack - car plows into protest crowd
protest in Charlottesville on Saturday, the largest gathering of
white nationalists in recent years, turned so violent the governor
declared a state of emergency. Earlier in the day, the Virginia
National Guard arrived as at least a thousand police officers were
deployed to arrest those who refused to clear the area.
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noon, a car drove straight into a crowd of anti-racist protesters,
severely injuring numerous people with at least one fatality. It is
still not clear how badly they were hurt, and several local hospitals
have not returned phone calls from those seeking information on the
large white nationalist gathering, billed as a “Unite the Right”
protest, was the climax of more than a year-long debate in
Charlottesville over the fate of the Robert E. Lee statue.
have identified James Alex Fields as the driver of the car that
smashed into a crowd of anti-fascist protesters and another vehicle
during Charlottesville rallies. Fields faces second degree murder
charges for killing a woman and injuring 19 other people.
20-year-old man was taken into custody following the deadly crash on
Saturday afternoon. The suspect has been charged with one count of
second degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one
count of failure to prevent a hit-and-run incident.
police have not disclosed any details concerning the prime suspect’s
identity, media reported that he was the owner of the grey Dodge
Challenger, a vehicle that was filmed by the witnesses speeding up
and plowing into the crowd of anti-fascist protesters who flocked to
downtown Charlottesville on Saturday to oppose a large far-right
Regional Jail Superintendent Martin Kumertold the
media that the man was refused bail and is due to appear before
Charlottesville General District Court on Monday.
is said to be a resident of Maumee, a suburb with 14,000 inhabitants
in Lucas County, Ohio, some 10 miles southwest of Toledo.