- What happened? One person was killed and 19 others hurt Saturday after a man in a silver Dodge Challenger drove into people protesting the white nationalist Unite the Right rally.
- According to the Huffington Post, 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. of Maumee, Ohio, near Toledo, has been charged with one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of failing to stop at an accident resulting in a death.
- Authorities have identified Heather Heyer as the 32-year-old woman killed when Fields plowed into anti-racist protesters at the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, The Associated Press reported. She was killed as she crossed the street.
- Heyer's death wasn't the only one linked to the rally. Virginia State Police Lt. H. Jay Cullen, 48, and Trooper Berke M.M. Bates, 40, were killed when their helicopter crashed after being deployed to the area, The Associated Press reported.
Charlottesville police said that in addition to the 19 hurt in the car attack, 16 others were injured in rally-related violence, according to USA Today.
- Police arrested three other people in connection with the violence at the rally. The AP reported that Jacob L. Smith, 21, of Louisa, Virginia, faces an assault and battery charge; Troy Dunigan, 21, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, faces a disorderly conduct charge; and James M. O’Brien, 44, of Gainesville, Florida, faces a charge of carrying a concealed handgun.
- The Department of Justice has launched a federal civil-rights investigation into the car attack. According to the Hill, Attorney General Jeff Sessions released the following statement: “The violence and deaths in Charlottesville strike at the heart of American law and justice. When such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and cannot be tolerated."
He added: "I have talked with FBI Director Chris Wray, FBI agents on the scene, and law enforcement officials for the state of Virginia. The FBI has been supporting state and local authorities throughout the day. U.S. Attorney Rick Mountcastle has commenced a federal investigation and will have the full support of the Department of Justice. Justice will prevail.”
- President Donald Trump's response to the violence sparked criticism Saturday. He attempted to right the situation Monday in a news conference, condemning "the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups."
"Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything that we hold dear as Americans," the president said. "To anyone who acted criminally in this weekend's racist violence, you will be held fully accountable."
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- Trump had earlier blamed "many sides" for Saturday's violence.
"It has been going on for a long time in our country – not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama," the president said Saturday. "It has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America."
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- Trump also tweeted about the violence:
- Many political figures – including fellow Republicans – criticized Trump for failing to call out white supremacists by name or use the word "terrorism."