August 12, 2017
VIRGINIA – One person is dead after a car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white supremacist rally in downtown Charlottesville Saturday afternoon.
There were several hundred protesters marching in a long line when the car drove into a group of them.
Mike Signer, mayor of Charlottesville, said that he was “heartbroken” that a life had been lost.
My statement in screenshot. pic.twitter.com/BC4BDysxUG
— Mike Signer (@MikeSigner) August 12, 2017
The Associated Press reported that 19 other people were injured.
BREAKING: Hospital official says one dead, 19 injured after car plows into a group of protesters in downtown Charlottesville, Va.
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 12, 2017
Earlier, Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency, and police dressed in riot gear ordered people at the rally in Charlottesville to disperse after chaotic clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters. The nationalists were holding the rally to protest plans by the city of Charlottesville to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.