The mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia confirmed that one person died after a car plowed into a group of counter-protestors during a white nationalist rally Saturday.
I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will–go home.
— Mike Signer (@MikeSigner) August 12, 2017
“I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will–go home,” Mayor Mike Signer tweeted.
The Hill reports,
Video footage showed the car plowing through a group of people protesters after police broke up clashes between white nationalist demonstrators and counter-protesters.
The footage shows three cars plowing into a group of pedestrians, with one of the vehicles pushing the other two deeper into the crowd before backing up into more people.
It was not immediately clear if the collision was intentional. Police took the vehicle’s driver into custody.
I talked to one eyewitness who said the collision was “absolutely intentional”. He was 10 feet away. Saw 14-16 people injured. pic.twitter.com/qYlACibGMT
— Joe Heim (@JoeHeim) August 12, 2017
The collision followed a morning of violent clashes between far-right groups and counterprotesters, prompting Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to declare a state of emergency. Police in riot gear ordered demonstrators to disperse as they marched onto the scene Saturday.
White nationalist, white supremacist and alt-right groups were initially scheduled to gather in Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park Saturday to protest the city’s decision to remove a Confederate statue there.
But as clashes broke out ahead of the so-called “Unite the Right” rally Saturday morning, police declared the gathering an unlawful assembly, breaking up the event before it officially began.
BREAKING NEWS: At least one dead after car hits Charlottesville counter-protesters, mayor says https://t.co/dZMsUOKZIx
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 12, 2017