CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. – A car rammed into a crowd of protesters and a police helicopter crashed into the woods as tension boiled over at a white supremacist rally Saturday afternoon in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The violent car attack left one woman dead and 19 others hurt, two state troopers onboard the chopper were killed, and a usually quiet college town was left a bloodied symbol of america’s roiling racial and political divisions.
James Fields Jr., 20, of Ohio is being charged with second-degree murder and three others are facing charges after the attack on the counter-protesters.
The chaos erupted around what is believed to be the largest group of white nationalists to come together in a decade to protest the city’s decision to remove a confederate monument.
Charlottesville Mayor Michael Singer blamed america’s intensifying political divisions for the violence.
Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump is blaming “many sides” for Saturday’s violent clashes.
Though he criticized the violence and called for a return to law and order, Trump’s comments are drawing criticism from Republicans and Democrats who say he should be denouncing hate groups by name.
A neo-Nazi website is praising Trump for not condemning white nationalist groups who rallied in Charlottesville.