Hundreds march to denounce white nationalist violence after Virginia rally

Ruben Ruiz
August 13, 2017

But men like David Duke, possibly the most famous white nationalist, directly tied Saturday's protests to Trump.

A vehicle plowed into a crowd of peaceful counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12, 2017, killing at least one person and wounding dozens others.

Two Virginia state police officers were also killed in a helicopter crash outside Charlottesville as they were monitoring the protests from above.

Officials said the pilot, 48-year-old Lt. H. Jay Cullen, of Midlothian, and 40-year-old Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, Quinton, died at the scene. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency.

Maurice Jones, Charlottesville's African American city manager, looked stricken as he spoke.

"My heart is with the people of Charlottesville, especially those standing up to hatred, racism, and bigotry", Eric T. Schneiderman, the attorney general, said".

"The acts and rhetoric in Charlottesville over past 24 hours are unacceptable and must stop".

Social media videos show the moment when a auto plowed into a crowd of people on the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia.

"Go home. You came here today to hurt people", McAuliffe said.

The victim was a 32-year-old woman who was crossing the street when the auto plowed into the intersection, Charlottesville police chief Al Thomas said.

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Officials said there is no indication of foul play and that the cause of the crash remains under investigation by state police, the FAA and NTSB.

He then said that the driver of the vehicle was "honking their horn" and then "they were just, like, bulldozing through people". The police told media they were holding him on suspicion of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and one hit-and-run count.

The University of Virginia Health System said it was treating 19 injured people from the crash, five of whom were in critical condition. Five were in critical condition as of Saturday evening.

Three people died and several more were injured in a violent rally in the city of Charlottesville, Virginia. White nationalists and counter-protestors reportedly engaged in brawls and members white nationalists attacked counter-protestors with pepper spray.

Despite the decision to quash the rally, clashes continued on side streets and throughout downtown.

Trump has long tiptoed around the issue of white supremacy and has yet to provide a full-throttled rebuke of those who invoke his name. U.S. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., called the display "repugnant".

Trump later tweeted: "We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for". "It has no place in America". "Lets come together as one!"

Spencer also said he found President Donald Trump's comments on the Charlottesville violence to be "rather vague and kind of lame". "The hate and the division must stop-and must stop right now".

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides", Trump said during a short statement, adding that he had been closely following awful events unfolding in Virginia.

It quickly spiraled into violence Saturday morning. He urged Trump - via Twitter - to "take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists".

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