***Update via Associated Press:
(1) Suspect identified in car plowing- ‘Authorities say a 20-year-old Ohio man accused of driving a car into a group of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally has been charged with second-degree murder and other counts.The Charlottesville Police Department said…James Alex Fields Jr. of Ohio also faces three counts of malicious wounding, and one count related to leaving the scene.’ (2) Helicopter crash victims worked for state of Virginia- ‘Virginia state police said one of their agency’s helicopters crashed Saturday outside Charlottesville, killing two troopers. Police said the helicopter was assisting law enforcement officers monitoring the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. Police said Lt. H. Jay Cullen of Midlothian and Trooper-pilot Berke M.M. Bates of Quinton were killed in the crash.
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It has been a devastating, violent day in Charlottesville, Virginia. What started out as a few hundred Ku Klux Klan, white nationalists, and neo-Nazi members gearing up to defend racial hatred at a rally, turned into a tragic disaster. The extremists were about to hold a rally in protest of Charlottesville’s plans to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general and apparently a hero to the racists groups.
Before the rally could even start, counter-protestors stood up against the White racists organizations and shut that down with the quickness. However, it turned violent very quickly as well and all hell broke loose almost as soon as the two sides faced off at the rally site. Plenty of people fought, kicked, punched, and sprayed each other with various chemical agents. Sadly, a car then plowed into the crowd, injuring 19 and killing one. Now, just hours later, there are even more deaths linked to the rally.
New Details Of Helicopter Crash
It has just been reported that a helicopter has crashed at the scene of the Charlottesville riot, leaving both the driver and passenger dead. It is unclear as to how they are both connected to the rally, but police have confirmed that they are. At this time it’s also unclear as to whether or not any others on the ground were injured in the helicopter crash.
Rally’s Organizer Gives Lame Response To Violent Protest
The organizer of the racist event, Jason Kessler, is angry that his rally of many Ku Klux Klan members and neo-Nazi’s turned out to be a violent event. C’mon man, REALLY?!!
According to Associated Press, Kessler ‘said in an interview Saturday evening that whoever drove a car into a group of counter-protesters “did the wrong thing.” He said he was saddened that people were hurt.’
So wait, let me get this straight: Guy organizes racial event with a bunch of racists who spew hatred and sometimes violence, toward any person who is non-White, yet he is pissed and “saddened” that the rally was protested and counter-protested in the same manner.
While it is extremely sad what has happened in Charlottesville, I think Kessler needs to take a long hard look in the mirror and at the intentions of his followers’ racist, hate filled messages. This is bigger than just a Robert E. Lee statue.