One person died after a car plowed through a congested crowd of protestors at a gathering of white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, North Carolina. Soon before the attack Saturday, fistfights and screaming matches erupted between counter-protesters and white nationalists protesting the removal of a confederate civil war era monument. The clashes caused subsequent cancellations of scheduled protests, sending demonstrators from both sides walking on nearby streets. Shortly thereafter, a car slammed into a group of counter-protesters. A 32 year old woman was killed Saturday and 19 others were injured, five of them critically, when the car smashed into a group of counter-protesters during the “Unite the Right” rally.
The incident, allegedly involving a silver colored Dodge Challenger, happened in the early afternoon amidst clashes involving white supremacists and members of the self-described anti-fascist organization ANTIFA, and other opposition, radical groups such as Black Lives Matter.
At an afternoon news conference, Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas said that 35 people had been injured in various confrontations during the rally and made it a point of noting that none of those involved were police officers. Chief Thomas also said that the car crash was being treated as an act of "criminal homicide."
Matt Korbon, a 22-year-old University of Virginia student, told the Associated Press several hundred counter-protesters were marching when "suddenly there was just this tire screeching sound." A silver Dodge Challenger smashed into another car, then backed up, barreling through "a sea of people."
The impact hurled people into the air. Those left standing scattered, screaming and running for safety in different directions.
Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran told the Associated Press that the driver of the car, a man, was in custody. Moran did not provide the driver's name.
The deadly incident occurred just a few hours after both the legally licensed "Unite the Right" protestors and counter-protestors were clashing with fists, bottles and a slew of other objects near the center of the scheduled protest.
One must wonder what people thought was going to happen when the mainstream media built the rally up more like a boxing championship fight such as White Supremacists vs. Antifa. When I read headlines like this on liberal news outlets, then I kind of understood what the mainstream news really wanted to happen. A newsworthy clash of licensed protesters protected under the 2nd amendment and a radical movement that condones just about everyone would fill the news headlines for a few days, right?
As if the deadly incident that took place wasn't unwarranted enough, two Virginia policemen died when their helicopter that was covering these inevitable (thanks liberal mainstream media!) clashes from the air. Officials identified the fallen police officers as Berke M.M. Bates of Quinton, Va., who was the pilot, and H. Jay Cullen of Midlothian, Va., who was a passenger. State police said their Bell 407 helicopter was assisting with the violence in Charlottesville. Bates died one day before his 41st birthday; Cullen was 48.
James Alex Fields, Jr. of Maumee, Ohio is being charged with one count of second degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of hit-and-run after the incident. In the aftermath of the deadly incident, the Department of Justice opened an investigation into the incident and will decide what, if any, additional charges may be given to the driver.
President Trump weighed in via Twitter, his preferred means of efficient communication to the masses with Tweets deploring the incident, "egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides," but received leftist backlash for not condemning the white nationalists directly.
One Tweet was directed to the family of the woman who was killed, "Condolences to the family of the young woman killed today, and best regards to all of those injured, in Charlottesville, Virginia. So sad!"
Charlottesville has become a hotbed for white nationalists following a City Council vote in February to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a park formerly called Lee Park. The park was renamed "Emancipation Park" in June.
Personally, if people do no understand history well enough to understand the realities of the Civil War, then they should not be knee-jerk renaming monuments to something snowflakes can feel safe about. Millions of non-black soldiers, on both sides, died defending their respective side's 'nations'. General Lee, and all of the other renamed monuments were fighting for their right to become their own nation, and many soldiers even fought against other family members of the opposing side of the Mason-Dixon line.
Before I go off on a tangent, let me just say that regardless why each side was demonstrating, we are all citizens of the United States of America and simply should not be causing violence at demonstrations. Now we are left with a two dead policemen, a dead citizen, and many injured people.
If you are going to protest, do it peacefully. Or better yet, stay home and stay safe.
Here's coverage of the Unite the Right rally where they carried torches. It looked like a scene from the movie. It was reportedly peaceful until the Antifa and Black Lives Matter showed up. Violence always shows up with Antifa and Black Lives Matter. Makes you wonder who the most violent people really are.
Time to stop all the nonsense folks. We're Americans first and we shouldn't be doing anything violent to each other. If the protest is not for your group, then don't go. Stay home. Have your own party and invite your own guests.
Time for Americans to unite and put an end to our internal extremist groups.Posted in News and filed under Charlottesville, Unite the Right, White Nationalist.