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US Car rams Charlottesville crowd after protests: What we know now

09:52  13 august  2017
09:52  13 august  2017 Source:   usatoday.com

Trump shares condolences for victims in Charlottesville

  Trump shares condolences for victims in Charlottesville President Trump shared his condolences for the three victims near Charlottesville Va. on Saturday who died after a white nationalist rally turned violent. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) confirmed Saturday night that at least three people were killed. One of the three died after a car plowed through a group of protesters."Deepest condolences to the families & fellow officers of the VA State Police who died today. You're all among the best this nation produces," Trump tweeted."Condolences to the family of the young woman killed today, and best regards to all of those injured, in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Graphic video: A bystander captures the moment a car slams into a crowd at a white nationalist protest in Charlottesville , Virginia. USA TODAY.

At least three people are dead and 35 injured after violence erupted in Charlottesville , Va., Saturday as white supremacists and counterprotesters clashed in the streets. After the rally, a car plowed into a crowd and a helicopter crashed outside the city. Here's what we know now

Protesters march through Oakland, Calif., with some blocking traffic in both directions on Interstate 580, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.© Noah Berger/ AP Photo Protesters march through Oakland, Calif., with some blocking traffic in both directions on Interstate 580, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

A car crashed into a group of demonstrators Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., killing at least one person and injuring 19, as white supremacists and counter protesters clashed in the streets.

Early in the day, violence had broken out as the groups that planned the "Unite the Right" rally were met with counter protesters. After the rally, a car plowed into a crowd and a state police helicopter crashed outside the city.

Here's what we know now:

Who was killed?

A 32-year-old woman was killed in the car crash, officials said.

Meet the man in the middle of the 'Unite the Right' rally

  Meet the man in the middle of the 'Unite the Right' rally CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Matthew Heimbach, an Indiana resident who has risen to prominence in the white nationalist movement, approached the epicenter of Saturday’s rally here wearing a black combat helmet and with a bodyguard close on his heels. But as he entered the intersection just outside Emancipation Park, Heimbach and members of his Traditionalist Workers Party were met by counter protesters who had formed a blockade. A melee ensued, with people being flung to the ground in what was the first in a series of violent episodes that turned a graceful college town into a battleground. CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.

After the rally, a car plowed into a crowd and a state police helicopter crashed outside the city. Here's what we know now : Who was killed? Vigils in Charlottesville after violent protests . Why was there a protest ?

After the rally, a car plowed into a crowd and a state police helicopter crashed outside the city. Here's what we know now : Who was killed? Vigils in Charlottesville after violent protests . Why was there a protest ?

Lt. Jay Cullen, 48, of Midlothian, Va. and Trooper-Pilot Berke Bates, 40, of Quinton, Va. were killed in a helicopter crash outside the city, Virginia State Police said. Officials said the crash was linked to the rally but did not clarify how. President Trump tweeted his condolence to "the families & fellow officers of the VA State Police who died."

Were others injured?

Thirty-five people were injured in clashes between opposing groups and in the car crash. At least nineteen were injured in the crash alone. Charlottesville police chief Al Thomas said the injuries ranged from life-threatening to minor.

Where is the driver now?

The driver has been taken into custody, Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran said. Albermarle County Regional Jail officials identified the suspect as 20-year-old Alex Fields, of Ohio.

Suspect in deadly Virginia car ramming due in court

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Late Saturday U . S . officials announced that they have opened a civil rights investigation into the circumstances of the deadly car attack. Here's the latest on what we know .

According to media reports at least one person was killed and 19 injured after a car hit a crowd of people . Us Car Rams Charlottesville Crowd 12, 2017 CLOSE Graphic video: A bystander captures the moment a car slams into a crowd at a white nationalist protest in Charlottesville , Virginia.

Thomas said the driver will be charged with criminal homicide.

Why was there a protest?

White supremacist, alt-right, neo-Nazi and pro-Confederate groups were protesting the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park.

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The car rammed into a crowd of people who protested against white nationalists earlier in the day. The crash happened in the midst of a tense day of protests as white nationalists, Ku Klux Klan members, neo-Nazis, and other white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville to protest plans to

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Who organized the rally?

One of the main organizers was right-wing blogger Jason Kessler, who filed a lawsuit against the city. Charlottesville mayor Mike Signer opposed holding the rally near the Lee monument.

Late Friday, U.S. District Judge Glen Conrad ruled that the groups could hold hold the rally in the park.

Matthew Heimbach, an Indiana resident who has risen to prominence in the white nationalist movement, was also a key figure. Heimbach ordered his followers to push down the metal police barricades that cut the park into separate zones

What was President Trump's response?

President Trump denounced the violence, declaring that the "hatred and division must stop.''

"I condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of violence and bigotry on many sides," he added.

He also tweeted condolences to the families of those killed after the rally.

Trump made his comments while also announcing his intention to sign a new Veterans Affairs bill.

Is the FBI or Department of Justice investigating?

Late Saturday U.S. officials announced that they have opened a civil rights investigation into the circumstances of the deadly car attack.

The investigation was announced Saturday night by officials of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Virginia and the Richmond field office of the FBI.

In a statement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions says U.S. Attorney Rick Mountcastle has begun the investigation and will have the full support of the Justice Department.

"The violence and deaths in Charlottesville strike at the heart of American law and justice," says Sessions in the statement. "When such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and cannot be tolerated."

Is this the first white supremacist rally in Charlottesville?

Beyond Saturday's planned rally, Charlottesville has been at the center of multiple white supremacist marches recently.

One week later, Charlottesville still trying to recover

  One week later, Charlottesville still trying to recover CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Rosia Parker is having trouble sleeping. She closes her eyes and she sees the accident. She was right there by Heather Heyer when the car hit her, she says. Parker, 45, says she is trying to move on. She says she tries to laugh to keep herself from crying. Her thoughts echo those of many in Charlottesville, where people say they are still trying to process the events that roiled the city one week ago, when hundreds of white nationalists, white supremacists and neo-Nazis descended upon it to protest the removal of a Confederate statue.CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Rosia Parker is having trouble sleeping.

Several dozen torch-wielding demonstrators, led by prominent white supremacist Richard Spencer, gathered by the Lee statue on May 13 to protest the vote for its removal.

In July, Ku Klux Klan members held a rally in Charlottesville in Justice Park, where they were met with more than a thousand upset counter-protesters.

Statues of Confederate leaders nationwide have been removed in recent years as communities viewed them as symbols of slavery, but a USA TODAY analysis in May found that more than 700 Confederate monuments in 31 states still stand.

What happened on UVA's campus?

On Friday night, more than 200  torch-wielding protesters held a march through the heart of University of Virginia's campus after the ruling came down that allowed the protest to take place Saturday. Among their chants was: “You will not replace us.”

One arrest was made and several were injured after violence broke out. One of the injured was a UVA police officer hurt while making an arrest.

UVA President Teresa Sullivan “strongly condemned” the “intimidating and abhorrent behavior displayed by the alt-right protestors” on campus Friday night, and reaffirmed the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, as well as to First Amendment rights, the university said.

Will there be other rallies?

In a video posted by Spencer Saturday, the white nationalist leader expressed anger at the police response to the gathering — and pledged to return to the city of 46,000.

"We are going to make Charlottesville the center of the universe," Spencer said. "We are going to come back here often. Your head's going to spin how many times we're going to be back down."

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One week later, Charlottesville still trying to recover .
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Rosia Parker is having trouble sleeping. She closes her eyes and she sees the accident. She was right there by Heather Heyer when the car hit her, she says. Parker, 45, says she is trying to move on. She says she tries to laugh to keep herself from crying. Her thoughts echo those of many in Charlottesville, where people say they are still trying to process the events that roiled the city one week ago, when hundreds of white nationalists, white supremacists and neo-Nazis descended upon it to protest the removal of a Confederate statue.CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Rosia Parker is having trouble sleeping.

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