Georgia’s U.S. senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue both condemned Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville, Va. Three people including two Virginia State Patrol troopers were killed. According to CNN, one person was killed and 19 were hurt when a speeding car slammed into a throng of counter protesters in Charlottesville, where a “Unite the Right” rally of white nationalist and other right-wing groups had been scheduled take place.
The suspect being held in a Virginia jail in connection with a deadly crash has been identified as James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio, according to Superintendent Martin Kumer with the Albermarle-Charlottesville County Regional Jail. Fields is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death.
Two Virginia State Patrol troopers were killed in a helicopter crash while “assisting public safety resources with the ongoing situation in Charlottesville.” CNN identified them as pilot, Lt. H. Jay Cullen, 48, and Trooper Berke M.M. Bates, who would have turned 41 on Sunday. Read more
Chattanooga man among three arrested in Charlottesville: The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that “one of the three people arrested in Charlottesville, Va., during what is believed to be the largest gathering of white nationalists this decade is from Chattanooga, according to Virginia State Police. Troy Dunigan, 21, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Dunigan has also been arrested in Hamilton County three times in the last three years for violation of probation, theft and for previous charges. Jacob L. Smith, 21, of Virginia and James M. O’Brien, 44, of Florida were also arrested.” Arrested
Sen. Johnny Isakson: “I strongly condemn the hatred and violence in Charlottesville. This type of of vile bigotry and hate is not what our country stands for.”
Sen. David Perdue: “The violence we’ve witnessed today is not who we are as a country. Our thoughts go out all law enforcement working hard to keep the peace.”