Several pedestrians were struck and one died as a result of a deliberate crash in Charlottesville, Virginia. Police were dispersing demonstrators from a white-nationalist and right-wing rally, the Virginia State Police said on Twitter.
Virginia’s governor Terry McAuliffe has declared an emergency, and police worked to disperse hundreds of protesters in after clashes broke out ahead of today’s Unite the Right rally of white nationalists and other right-wing groups.
Charlottesville mayor Mike Signer, said on twitter after learning of the death after the car slammed into anti0-racist protestors,
“I am heartbroken.”
Trump made a speech but condemned the violence “on both sides” and ignored the question when asked if he wanted the White Nationalist’s support.
Here’s the terrifying video. You don’t see the car hit anyone but the before and after are scary enough.
As it says, this is clearly home-grown terrorism, even if Trump won’t name it as such.
Video of car hitting anti-racist protestors. Let there be no confusion: this was deliberate terrorism. My prayers with victims. Stay home. pic.twitter.com/MUOZs71Pf4
— Brennan Gilmore (@brennanmgilmore) August 12, 2017
UPDATE: • A 32-year-old woman was killed in the car crash. The driver has been taken into custody, Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran said. The driver of the car will be charged with criminal homicide.
• A total of 19 others were also hurt, including five people still in critical condition Sunday.
• Two Virginia State Patrol troopers died when a helicopter crashed in a wooded area near Charlottesville after monitoring Saturday’s events.
• Officials say at least 15 others were wounded in events associated with the scheduled rally.
UPDATE: #LowLifeofTheYear: 20 year-old James Alex Fields Jr., of Maumee, Ohio was arrested in the deadly crash and charged with one count of second degree murder…
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