19 injured as car hits crowd at rally in Charlottesville CHARLOTTESVILLE A 32 year old woman died and at least 19 people were injured Saturday when a car crashed into a crowd of peaceful protesters leaving a "Unite the Right" rally that officials had declared an "unlawful assembly.
" State officials said the driver was in custody. The planned rally had already been shut down following bottle throwing clashes between alt right demonstrators, counter protesters, white nationalists, neo Nazis and supporters of Black Lives Matter. Al Thomas, Charlottesville police chief, said 35 people were injured in clashes between opposing groups and in the car crash. Their injuries ranged from life threatening to minor, he said. The driver of the car will be charged with criminal homicide, Thomas said. Albermarle County Regional Jail officials identified the suspect as 20 year old James coach outlet handbags hobo Alex Fields of Ohio. Police officials said Fields would be charged with one count of second degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of hit and run. In addition, the FBI announced Saturday night it would open a civil rights investigation into the circumstances of the death. hearts break for the casualties and injuries, Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer said at a press conference. About three hours after the car crash, a Virginia State Police Bell 407 helicopter crashed about 7 miles from the scene. Police reports said the helicopter crashed in a wooded area and the two pilots died. No coach outlet locations 450 one on the ground was injured. The helicopter had been assisting in police supervision of the protests. Virginia State Police identified the two as Lt. Jay Cullen, 48, of Midlothian, Va. and Trooper Pilot Berke Bates, 40, of Quinton, Va. Cullen was a 23 year veteran of the force and is survived by his wife and two sons. Bates was a three year veteran of the force and joined the aviation unit last month. The driver of a silver Dodge Challenger plowed into one of the groups streaming away from the rally at Emancipation Park through the narrow downtown streets. President Trump, on vacation at his golf club in New Jersey, condemned the strongest possible terms what he called an display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides in Charlottesville. He called for swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives. said he spoke with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and agreed that the hate and the division must stop and must stop right now. as the earlier protests and counter protests turned unruly. He said he was by the hatred, bigotry and violence and blamed out of state protesters. violence played out against a backdrop of unofficial, armed militia groups ringing the park, where the rally was called to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Clusters of alt right activists and counter protesters remained, however, raising fears coach outlet 1013 of more clashes. Police then put on gas masks as they stepped up efforts to disperse the crowds, which then left the park. Officials had already deployed police to maintain order and McAuliffe had placed the Virginia National Guard on standby. At one point, dozens of people used wooden poles from their flags and banners as weapons. Others threw trash and bottles into the opposing ranks of protesters as the crowds swelled. Numerous protesters came prepared, wearing helmets big coach bags outlet and flak jackets and charging into crowds holding plastic riot shields. Protesters on one side of a square held up anti fascist signs and Black Lives Matter banners, while groups on the other displayed Confederate flags and iron cross banners. Laurel Cummings, who works at the Oakhurst Inn in Charlottesville, said people have been canceling their rooms this weekend due to concerns about safety. She has also been warning guests about avoiding the downtown area. came in to work today praying that no one was going to check in with a Swastika on their arm, she said. knew I would refuse to check them in. If that gets me fired, I OK with that. his vacation home in New Jersey, Trump tweeted: "We ALL must be united condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!" Unidentified militia has arrived at EmancipationPark ahead of the Charlottesville rally with guns in tow. That came after a federal court injunction rejected the city earlier attempt to move the "Unite the Right" rally to another park.
Conrad ruled the city attempt to revoke Kessler rally permit and move the protest to another park "was based on the content of his speech. The judge noted the city did not try at the same time to move counter protesters to another location. On the eve of the rally, McAuliffe, a Democrat, said he would prefer that no one shows up at the "Unite the Right" rally.
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