Updates on Charlottesville Attacks
On Saturday in Charlottesville thousands of protesters including white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members planned to “take America back,” so they said. The rally ended with one person dead and 19 injured.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), declared the state of emergency and left a message for the white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members. “All the white supremacists and the Nazis who came into Charlottesville today: Go home,” he said. “You are not wanted in this great commonwealth.”
During the riot, a video was recorded of purposeful car crash. In the video a 2010 gray Dodge Challenger sped into crowds of innocent people and a pedestrian mall. After accelerating forward, the Challenger reversed and hit even more people. The police found that this was a criminal homicide and a 32-year-old woman was killed. The driver of the Challenger, James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Ohio, was arrested and charged with one count of second-degree murder.
Fields, who is also an admirer of Adolf Hitler, was put in juvenile detention in 2010. His mother reported that he stood behind her with a 12-inch knife and almost murdered her. Moreover, Fields locked her in a bathroom on another occasion because he told her to stop playing video games.
President Donald Trump initially condemned the white nationalist groups over Twitter, but failed to denounce them by name, blaming “many sides.” Trump’s failure to address the groups directly led to much criticism on both the Republican and Democrat side.