Charlottesville, VA protests turn deadly

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA The driver in a fatal car wreck in Charlottesville has been identified as James Alex Fields Jr.

State of Emergency Declared in Charlottesville After Protests Turn Violent Photo: Zain Khan / Twitter

According to authorities, Fields was driving the car that plowed into a group of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia today, killing one person and injuring 19.

Fields, 20, from Ohio, is facing charges of second-degree murder, malicious woundings, and failure to stop at the scene of an accident that resulted in death.

Video shows a silver car moving down a narrow street toward protesters marching peacefully, then plowing into the group.

One witness said the driver slammed on the gas through the crowd and sent bodies flying.

Then the driver put the car in reverse, backed-up the street with its front bumper dragging and a few people chasing after it.

The incident happened two hours after violent clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters.

The nationalists were holding the rally to protest the city's decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a city park.
Virginia governor Terry Mcauliffe issued a state of emergency to give police the ability to request additional resources to try and keep the peace.

At one point, state police in riot gear moved in and ordered everyone to leave the area- declaring the gathering to be an unlawful assembly and threatening to arrest anyone who didn't leave.

Earlier in the week the city announced the rally must be moved out of Emancipation Park to a larger one for safety reasons.

However, a federal judge ruled the city must allow today's rally to take place at the downtown location.

The rally and counter-protesters drew thousands of people.



 
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