Mike Signer, the mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia just confirmed that one person died after a vehicle drove through a crowd of counter-protesters during Saturday’s white nationalist rally.
Read Mayor Signer’s tweet below:
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
There was video footage that showed the car driving through the group of protesters after the police broke up the fights between the counter-protesters and the white nationalist demonstrators.
In the video, three cars can be seen plowing through a group of people. One of the cars even ends up pushing the other two further into the crowd before it backs up into more protesters.
Thus far, it’s unclear whether the collision was intentional. The police have taken the driver of the vehicle into custody.
The collision also followed after a morning filled with violent clashes between far-right groups and counter-protesters. This prompted Virginia’s Governor, Terry McAuliffe, to declare a state of emergency. The police were in riot gear and they ordered the demonstrators to disperse.
The white nationalist, white supremacist, and alt-right groups were scheduled to gather in Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park. They were initially going to protest the decision from the city to remove a statue of a confederate general.
However, once the clashes broke out right before the rally, the police decided to declare the gathering as an unlawful assembly. Furthermore, they broke up the entire event before it was scheduled officially to begin.
According to the University of Virginia Medical Center, 20 people were taken to the hospital, and one person died.