FBI announces investigation: 3 dead following white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia

Danny Woods
August 13, 2017

"We're gonna fulfill the promises of Donald Trump", Duke said in an interview with The Indianapolis Star on Saturday in Charlottesville.

White nationalist demonstrators clash with counter demonstrators in Charlottesville.

Many on Twitter were left dumbfounded by the President's "many sides" call. There are not "many sides" here, just right and wrong, " Representative Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, said on Twitter.

Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah, furiously condemned the President, saying: "We should call evil by its name". False equivalencies between sides simply provides cover to the white supremacists seeking to take our country backwards and tear our communities apart.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and said the two fallen troopers were "close friends" of his and the state's first lady.

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

"We are determined to take our country back".

"The President was condemning hatred, bigotry and violence from all sources and all sides", a White House official said. "We have to come together as Americans with love for our nation and true affection- really, I say this so strongly, true affection for each other".

"I urge the Department of Justice to immediately investigate and prosecute this grotesque act of domestic terrorism", he said in a statement.

The vehicle fled the scene, roaring away from the crash in reverse.

One woman was killed when a sports vehicle rammed into a crowd of protestors at the Charlottesville Downtown mall. Fields, of Maumee, Ohio, is being held without bail on murder and other charges related to the hit-and-run, officials said.

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

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) tweeted images from its local chapter showing people who had sustained various wounds.

A state official later said the male driver of a auto is in police custody.

The FBI announced late Saturday evening it would open a civil rights investigation into the circumstances around "the deadly vehicular incident", ABC News reported. "The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence".

Both died at the scene, police said. Police said the helicopter was helping to monitor the rally in Charlottesville.

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida also critiqued Trump for not directly labeling as a terrorist attack Saturday's assault by a auto, in which at least one person was killed and roughly 20 injured. Charlottesville lies about 160 kilometers (100 miles) outside of the United States capital, Washington, DC.

What began with neo-nazis, white nationalists, and alt-right members marching through the University of Virginia with torches lit, chanting "blood and soil!"

The Klan had officially endorsed Trump's presidential candidacy in 2016, and appear to have been emboldened by his administration's fierce crackdown on immigrants.

The city voted in April to remove the statue, a move being taken by many US cities against such Confederate memorials of the Civil War era.

For now, the Lee statue remains. The Confederate flag is another such potent symbol that has faced a great deal of scrutiny in the past few years. The city has also renamed Lee Park, where the statue stands, and Jackson Park, named for Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. The injuries at that incident were described as serious, but non-life-threatening. "There was violence between protesters and counter protesters today". He pointedly attacked Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim U.S. soldier killed in Iraq in 2004, for his speech at the Democratic National Committee that challenged his understanding of the Constitution, suggested federal Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel was unable to be impartial because of his Mexican heritage and said in a CNN interview that then-Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly had "blood coming out of her wherever" after she questioned him at a debate.

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