Charlottesville driver arrested by police

The driver suspected of plowing his car into counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday is in police custody. As a result of the attack, one woman was killed and 19 people were injured. Five of the victims are in critical condition.

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Police in Virginia have arrested the driver suspected of plowing his car into a group of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, killing one woman and injuring 19 people, five of whom are in critical condition. The driver has been identified as 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. of Maumee, Ohio. A few hours after the attack, two Virginia State Police Department officers were killed in a helicopter crash near Charlottesville.

In an official statement, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe had a harsh message for the white supremacist groups that gathered in Charlottesville on Saturday to protest against the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert Lee from a public park: “Go home. ... You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. Shame on you.” Former US President Barack Obama quoted Nelson Mandela on Twitter: “People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

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After the attack, yesterday Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Chris Mahony, who witnessed the car ramming, told CNN that he saw the car just before the attack took place: “It just sat there, looking down the road. I thought that's a bit strange. There didn't seem to be any other cars stopping him from going. And then a couple moments we heard a car going incredibly fast down the road and then it plowed into the crowd.”

The scene of the attack, yesterday Photo Credit: EPA

As reported by JOL yesterday, US President Donald Trump issued a statement denouncing the violence: "We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!" Former US President Bill Clinton tweeted: "Even as we protect free speech and assembly, we must condemn hatred, violence and white supremacy." US Senator Bernie Sanders wrote: "The white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville not is a reprehensible display of racism and hatred that has no place in our society."



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