U.S. authorities begin to investigate the deadly violence stemming from a white nationalist rally in Virginia that challenged President Trump’s leadership. Linda So reports.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES (CBS / ALBEMARLE CHARLOTTESVILLE REGIONAL JAIL / VIRGINIA STATE POLICE / REUTERS / BRENNAN GILMORE) – Demonstrators across the U.S. coming together in solidarity to march against the day of hate and violence that unfolded at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
This video capturing the moment a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring 19 others.
The driver 20-year-old James Fields from Ohio has been arrested and is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder.
JOHN ZIEGLER, WITNESS,
“There was no doubt in anybody’s mind who was there or who watches these videos that it was a planned terrorist attack.”
State and federal investigators will begin to probe the incident looking for a motive.
The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation into the crash.
Authorities will also look into the helicopter crash that killed two Virginia State police officers who were patrolling the clashes.
U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP,
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.”
President Trump’s remarks citing “many sides” drawing strong criticism from both sides of the political aisle.
Some saying he waited too long to address the violence and when he finally did, he failed to explicitly condemn white-supremacists.
JESSE JACKSON, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST,
“And the President bears an amazing responsibility. He cannot create un-hate with one tweet. The campaigns of fear and hatred and division have caught up with us. And it’s hurtful, and the end is not in sight.”
The violence in Charlottesville is the latest clash between the president’s opponents and white nationalists, who claim their allegiance to Trump.