3 Dead, 35 Injured After Day of White Supremacy Rallies in Charlottesville

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UPDATE Aug. 12, 3:15 p.m. PT: Two more people are now dead after a helicopter crash in Charlottesville shortly before 2 p.m. PT, according to spokesperson for the Virginia State Police Corinne Geller. While she did not confirm who owned the aircraft, eyewitnesses claim the helicopter belonged to the VSP and was seen flying above protesters earlier Saturday afternoon. It is currently unclear whether this incident is related to the racially-charged rallies, or just a tragic coincidence, but an investigation is underway.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A car has struck a group of counter-protesters that were dispersing from the clashes at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

The mayor of the city, Mike Signer, wrote on Twitter that “I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here.”

The Charlottesville police said that the victim was killed when the car rammed into the group, and that 19 were injured. The victim was not identified, nor was the driver of the car, who was apprehended.

It took place at Water & 4th Street, in an area where a group of protesters were walking and chanting to counter the white nationalist demonstrations on Saturday.

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Virginia State Police said that the crash involved three cars. According to reporters at the scene and a video posted of a livestream, the gray-colored vehicle with Ohio plates struck pedestrians in the crowd and then hit two other cars, which in turn hit others. The vehicle then sped away. The crash took place near Timberlake’s, a historic drug store in the central business district.

Signer wrote on Twitter that he was “furious and heartsick by the car crash that has injured many. Please all – go home to your families. We can work tomorrow. GO HOME! PLEASE!”

Hundreds of white supremacists and white nationalists descended on the city Friday night and Saturday for a rally that had been organized to protest plans to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency, and local police cleared the crowd after protesters clashed with counter demonstrators. Through much of Saturday, cable news showed images of clashing demonstrators, throwing plastic bottles, engaged in fistfights and screaming at each other.

The rally was set to take place at noon at Emancipation Park, where the statute is located, but police declared an unlawful assembly as the demonstrators clashed.

Authorities said that 15 people were injured at the rally before the crash.

News outlets posted video of the moment when pedestrians were struck, and screams can be heard as the car sped by.

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  1. Rivkah says:

    Would love to see all white supremecists have DNA tests for heritage. Almost all would find they have African American blood, Indian, Latino, etc….There is only one race. Shame on those fools for promoting supremacy of their race. I am also white, btw.

  2. Devin says:

    If it’s not known whether the two helicopter deaths are related to the protests, Ted Johnson needs to change the article’s headline. It isn’t responsible journalism.

  3. Cecil B da Mill says:

    Almost 700,000 American’s died in the Civil War. The left has been busy trying to tear down monuments in remembrance of the fallen. A group of Southern boys and girl’s thought differently and got a permit to protest this . An order came from somewhere for police to stand down, and you can take it from there…

    • Terry Blair says:

      Traitors and secessionists to the United States of America don’t deserve statues. They didn’t even deserve the mercy and clemency that Lincoln gave them. If he didn’t, we wouldn’t still be hearing, “the south will rise again”, 150 years later.

  4. Rob Conway says:

    Inferring three were killed due to the rally? Two of the dead were the result of helicopter mechanical failure away from the rally.

  5. RW says:

    Why is Variety reporting on this?

    Is this “entertainment” to them?

    • B. Smith says:

      There is a time when events of the country should be headline news in *all* venues. Nazis rallying in a major US city and killing protesters might not be a big deal to you but it IS a big deal to the rest of America.

      This is the same filth that America fought 70 years ago; that tens of thousands of Americans died to prevent coming to our shores. Now it is here. Now it is in the White House. Where is your conscience? Where is your patriotism?

      You mock reporting of it? Have you no shame?

    • John says:

      No, but it will be…Just wait 2 years, then you have a TV movie about it.

      • Morgan Farantino264 says:

        I wanna see who are the victims… Some say they were all on the KKK side.
        I want to see,if not then to the INNOCENT non-racist, rip.

  6. Bill B. says:

    Somebody died due to the removal of a statue?! How terrible and utterly stupid is that

  7. Cecil B da Mill says:

    Surprised this hasn’t happened sooner with the Kenyan’s legacy . Pick yr Nazis left or right, one man’s poor taste is another’s hate speech.

  8. Josh says:

    Why legitimize these filth by calling them white “nationalists” when they are clearly just white supremacists? Also, this is a terrorist attack; you should call it what it is!

    • James says:

      Serious Obama derangement syndrome working here. Is there any way a drumpf supporter can get through the day without blaming drumpf’s mess on him? drumpf clearly instigates this stuff by talking about “bad hombres, roughing up people arrested, but not convicted, praising a dictator like putin and basically encouraging violence,not condemning white supremacists/Nazis and other hate groups. But somehow, orangina is not to blame, President Obama is. Twisted illogic of drumpf supporters.

      • Sad says:

        The last pres promoted this hate.
        There were no protests before he took office. He’s a racist using his race to justify violence. He caused all of this. He promoted the idea.

    • JP says:

      Lol, ‘terrorist attack’ my ass… Assuming it wasn’t just some dumbass texting while driving the odds, based on the past violence and criminality of these ‘antifa’ scum, are higher that this driver was trying to flee from some asshole trying to break his window and pull him out of his car, which they most certainly have tried to do in the past.

    • JP says:

      Because you can be a white nationalist without being a white supremacist. Just because someone prefers to live amongst people who are similar to them and disagree with the concerted efforts to demographically replace them doesn’t make them a ‘white supremacist’.

      • “Just because someone prefers to live amongst people who are similar to them and disagree with the concerted efforts to demographically replace them doesn’t make them a ‘white supremacist’.” – JP

        So…Native Americans are the only true American nationalists right?

      • Josh says:

        “…concerted efforts to demographically replace them…”

        What planet are you living on?

  9. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY - THE GOP OWNS TRUMP AND TRUMP OWNS THEM says:

    Right Wing Terrorists from the Alt-White. Proud of your President, GOP yet? Fanning the flames of hate to advance their social and economic agendas. Who wins? Billionaires.

    • George says:

      Exactly what david duke said. They were they to highlight the policies of tRump and them reminded him that it was white people who elected him and be careful about talking about unity. Probably the most honest statement coming from that crowd. Waiting to hear from their idol himself.

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