White power rally turns deadly!
Car drives into crowd, hits at least 20 people, several taken to hospital. One person dead.
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The woman who was killed when the silver Dodge Challenger plowed into the crowd has been identified as Heather Heyer, 32, a paralegal at the Miller Law Group in Charlottesville.
James Alex Fields Jr, of Maumee, Ohio, being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, charged with second-degree murder.
STATE TROOPERS KILLED:
Virginia State Police said one of their agency’s helicopters crashed Saturday outside Charlottesville, killing two troopers. The helicopter was assisting law enforcement officers monitor the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. The officers were identified as Lt. H. Jay Cullen, 48, and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, who would have turned 41 Sunday. Cullen is survived by a wife and two sons; Bates by a wife and daughter.
Thousands of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, protesting the planned removal of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s statue from a city park are in a violent battle this weekend with counter-protesters.
Both sides screamed, chanted, brawled, threw bottles and peppered each other with chemical sprays. Right-wing protesters wearing militia uniforms openly carried guns.
The violence began Friday night when hundreds of white nationalists carrying torches and chanting “white lives matter” marched near a statue of Thomas Jefferson on the grounds of the University of Virginia. They were met by counter-protesters who screamed: ‘We’re here, we’re gay, we fight the KKK!’
Riot police used tear gas bombs to drive the crowd away from the park, but the protesters took their battle to the city streets.
Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer denounced the “cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance” and warned residents to stay away from the rally. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has placed the National Guard on standby.
Gen. Lee’s statue is still standing for now, but the park has been renamed Emancipation Park.