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US police charge driver that rammed crowd in Charlottesville

13 August 2017 6:40 AM
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The man who allegedly drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters at a white supremacist rally in Virginia has been charged with second degree murder.

Police in Charlottesville identified the man as 20-year-old James Alex Fields from Ohio.

Police on Saturday charged Fields with one count of second degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and one count of hit and run attended failure to stop with injury. Nineteen others were injured.

A 32-year-old woman was killed as she was crossing the street and a car was driven into a crowd of counter-demonstrators. Police have not yet identified the woman.

Two members of the state patrol who were helping law enforcement were killed when their helicopter crashed near Charlottesville. They were identified as Lieutenant H Jay Cullen, 48, of Midlothian, Virginia, and Trooper-Pilot Berke Bates of Quinton, Virginia. Both died at the scene.

Graphic video of the car crash showed a grey sedan ploughing into pedestrians and then two other stopped cars. The driver then reversed in an effort to flee the scene, as screams could be heard from passers-by.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe condemned the white supremacists, telling the Nazi marchers that "there is no place for you here. There is no place for you in America".

"Shame on you. You pretend that you are patriots, but you are anything but a patriot," he said.

Some members of Trump's own party called on the President to specifically cite the Charlottesville tragedy as a terror attack, or to call out white nationalists. Senator Marco Rubio said that it was "very important" for the country to hear the president "describe events in Charlottesville for what they are, a terror attack by white supremacists".

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Source: afr.com

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