Feds Open Civil Rights Inquiry Into Virginia Attack

August 13, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is adding his voice those who are condemning the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.  

In a statement, Sessions called it "totally contrary to American values and can never be tolerated."  Violence broke out at a white nationalist rally yesterday over the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.  One person is dead and at least 19 injured after a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters.  Two Virginia state troopers were killed when a helicopter patrolling the scene crashed outside of Charlottesville. Dozens of injuries have been reported overall in the violence.

Sessions said federal law enforcement agencies are assisting local and state police in Charlottesville. The Justice Department and the FBI announced they will launch a federal civil rights investigation into the deadly car attack. 

An Ohio man is being charged with second-degree murder for driving a car into a crowd of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia.  Charlottesville Police say James Fields Jr. is also facing charges of malicious woundings and failure to stop at the scene of an accident that resulted in death.  The 20-year old white man is the registered owner of the car that drove into protesters at a crowded intersection yesterday, killing a woman and injuring more than a dozen.  Police say they are investigating it as a criminal homicide. 

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