Motorist Kills One Driving into Protesters
Motorist kills one and injures 19 others as he drove into protesters in Charlottesville. The 20-year-old, James Alex Field Jr drove his Dodge Challenger into a group of protesters who were on the streets protesting against the presence of the white nationalists. Violent classes with different groups, including Nazis and fascists broke out in Virginia yesterday.
Field Jr, of Ohio, has been charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count related to leaving the scene. It is possible that additional charges will be brought against the man. The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation. After hitting a group of people Field Jr backed his car up the street, from the same direction he had started, and tried to escape. He was quickly stopped by the police and arrested.
The “Unite the Right” march was called to protest against the removal of a statue of a general who had fought for the pro-slavery Confederacy during the US Civil War. The far-right demonstrators clashed with the counter-protesters. People were punching and kicking each other, using pepper spray and throwing large objects such as newspaper racks.
Heather D Heyer, 32, was killed when the Challenger smashed into the crowd. She was a paralegal in Charlottesville. There was a candlelight vigil held in her honor. Flowers, and other remembrances were being placed at the scene of her death.
Today protesters joined together once again in Charlottesville. Although the crowd is much smaller time will tell what may or may not happen.