“White Lives Matter!”
“You will not replace us!”
“Jews will not replace us!”
“Blood and Soil!”
Words shouted with vigorous rapport filled with bitterness, anger left and hate.
Charlottesville, VA – On Aug 11 at 10pm, hundreds of Caucasians from Alt-Right, White Nationalist, and Neo-Nazi organizations gathered on the eve of a rally called “Unite the Right.”
Together they marched with torches in hand throughout the University of Virginia – Charlottesville campus with a desire to let their message known of how they felt about the removal of confederacy statues from Emancipation Park.
Only for chaos to ensue as soon as they encountered a counter-protest group at the Rotunda near a statue of Thomas Jefferson.
The Group encircled the Counter-Protesters and proceeded to attack them until Police intervened to stop it.
On the following day: Aug 12 at 11am, an hour before the rally was to start.
Protesters and counter-protesters faced off exchanging kicks, punches, and deploying chemical sprays or water bottles at each other. One of the Protestors drove a car into at least 19 Protestors causing vehicular manslaughter by killing a 32-year-old woman and multiple damages by injuring 19 people.
Not too far from the incident, a Virginia State Helicopter crashed killing two troopers who wanted to assist with keeping the public safe from the violence.
The car was described as a 2012 Dodge Challenger and it plowed forward into the crowd of counter-protesters while reversing to run over more.
This incident along with the street fighting led to 19 people injured as the Virginia State Police broke up the conflict.
An hour later the Governor of Virginia issued a State of Emergency.
According to the University of Virginia Medical Center, 5 of the 19 injured are in critical condition.
The driver of the Challenger has been apprehended by Virginia State Police and charged with Vehicular Manslaughter, three counts of Malicious Wounding, and Failure To Stop. He’s currently held at Albemarle-Charlottesville County Regional Jail.
A joint investigation by Virginia State Police, Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Transportation Safety Board is looking into what caused the Helicopter crash.