Continuing coverage of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville

By  | 


Courtesy: Virginia State Police

A civil rights investigation is now underway due to the fatal crash involving three vehicles and several pedestrians.

The Richmond FBI Field Office, the Civile Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Virginia opened the investigation Saturday night.

According to a release, the FBI will collect evidence and facts. This is an ongoing investigation.

A man from Ohio is in custody on a second-dregree murder charge and other charges.

A 32-year-old woman was killed.


10:12 p.m.

The Virginia State Police reports three people have been arrested in connection with the Unite the Right rally at Emancipation Park and the violent unrest that followed.

Twenty-one-year-old Troy Dunigan of Chattanooga, Tennessee is charged with disorderly conduct.

Twenty-one-year-old Jacob L. Smith of Louisa is charged with assault and battery.

Forty-four-year-old James M. O'Brien of Gainesville, Florida is charged with carrying a concealed handgun.

These arrests do not include the Ohio man who is in custody for crashing into vehicles and pedestrians on Water Street, killing a 32-year-old woman.


10:08 p.m.

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Chair, Diantha McKeel, has released a statement regarding the events in Charlottesville on Saturday.

On behalf of the Albemarle Board of Supervisors and County staff, I would like to offer sincere condolences to the family, friends and coworkers of the victims of the violence that occurred in our community today. We are extremely distressed and dismayed by the actions of those who acted in ignorance and hate, and we condemn those actions in the strongest of terms. We appreciate the courage and professionalism of the many public safety officers and our own local residents and others who stepped into frightening and chaotic situations throughout the day to offer aid and care. They represented the true spirit of our community by acting with grace and compassion in the most trying of circumstances. While this evening we are rightfully focused on caring for those in need and ensuring our community’s immediate safety, we also are mindful of the need for reflection and healing in the days to come. We urge everyone to remain alert and respectful as this weekend will continue to be a time for vigilance in our community.


9:53 p.m.

The ACLU of Virginia has issued a statement on the violence following the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.

The ACLU of Virginia is sickened and distraught by the vile acts committed today in Charlottesville. We mourn for the lives senselessly lost, agonize for those harmed both physically and emotionally, and grieve for the community of which we and our members, friends and families are an ingrained part.

White supremacy is abhorrent. Bigotry, racism and hatred in any form are indefensible. Violence of any kind combined with any of the above is terrorism.

We condemn it, as we do the reprehensible individuals and organizations responsible both directly and indirectly through their words and deeds. As of this writing, this includes our president who condones today’s inhumanities by default.

Since its inception, and even as we have and will continue to fight for free speech for everyone, the ACLU of Virginia has stood up for respect, decency, equality and humanity for all. What happened today had nothing to do with free speech. It devolved into conduct against individuals motivated by hate that was initially thuggish, and ultimately, deliberately murderous.

There will be a time to investigate, assign responsibility, and seek accountability, and we will be a voice in that process. For now, we decry white nationalism, reject hatred, and weep.


9:26 p.m.

Colonel Martin Kumer says 20-year-old James Alex Fields, Jr. is facing multiple charges, but he is not saying if those charges are in connection with the fatal crash shortly after the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.

Fields, who is from Ohio, is facing charges of second-degree murder, malicious woundings and failure to stop at the scene of an accident that resulted in a death.

A 32-year-old woman was killed in the crash and several other people were sent to the hospital with injuries


9:12 p.m.

President Donald Trump has tweeted condolences for the family of the woman killed in a multi-vehicle crash after the Unite the Right rally.

Condolences to the family of the young woman killed today, and best regards to all of those injured, in Charlottesville, Virginia. So sad!


8:15 p.m.

The Charlottesville City Council has granted Police Chief Al Thomas expanded powers following the Unite the Right rally on Saturday.

These powers include the authority to enact a curfew.

There was an emergency meeting at the Albemarle County Office Building, and the city council voted unanimously to allow Thomas to "regulate, restrict or prohibit any assembly of persons, or the movement of persons or vehicles on any public street, sidewalk, right-of-way, park or other publicly-owned property as he deems necessary to protect the City of Charlottesville."

“The Council's decision to give Chief Thomas the authority to enact a curfew as appropriate was made out of an abundance of caution,” said Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer. “We did so, having full confidence in Chief Thomas and regional law enforcement's ability to make the final call.”

As of this time, Thomas has not taken any such action, but if he does, city officials will send a notice.


7:28 p.m.

The University of Virginia Health System has tweeted that its staff is still treating 20 people injured in violent clashes and a car crash on Saturday.


7:05 p.m.

"Our diversity, that mosaic tile of immigrants, is what makes us so special and we will not let anybody come here and destroy it," said Governor Terry McAuliffe at a press conference in Charlottesville.

Charlottesville Major Mike Signer, Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas and several other officials were at the conference talking about the Unite the Right rally and the violence that occurred on Saturday.

"Hate came to our town today in a way that we had feared but in a way we had never really imagined it would," said City Manager Maurice Jones.

"The premeditated violence that our community experienced today was completely unacceptable," said Thomas. "The situation escalated rapidly into violence and we had no choice but to deploy additional personnel from the Virginia State Police, the Virginia National Guard to help disperse the crowd and move people safely through the streets. None of the injuries sustained today were due to engagement with law enforcement."

He added that 35 people total were treated for injuries, including 14 from individual engagements at the rally and nine from the three-vehicle crash that killed a woman at Water and Fourth streets.

Thomas says the injuries range from minor to life-threatening.

"What the world saw today is not the city Charlottesville is," he said.

The driver of the car that reportedly caused the fatal carsh is in custody and charges are pending. Police are investigating the crash as a criminal homicide.


6:32 p.m.

Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas says a 32-year-old woman was killed in the crash on Water and Fourth streets.


6:18 p.m.

Jason Kessler, the organizer of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, says he will soon be sending out a release on the events of Saturday.

He also says there will be a press conference with Richard Spencer, the president of the National Policy Institute.


5:53 p.m.

President Donald Trump has tweeted again regarding Charlottesville.

We will continue to follow developments in Charlottesville, and will provide whatever assistance is needed. We are ready, willing and able.


5:44 p.m.

Local officials say there will be a press conference at the Albemarle County Office Building on McIntire Road at 6 p.m.

Governor Terry McAuliffe, Charlottesville officials and representatives from state and local agencies will be in attendance.

The conference will be on the response to the Unite the Right rally at Emancipation Park.

There will also be information regarding the fatal car crash at the intersection of Water and Fourth streets.


5:42 p.m.

U.S. Senator Mark Warner has released a statement on the Unite the Right rally and violence in Charlottesville.

Virginians mourn the life taken in this morning's events and reject this hateful violence in Charlottesville. We condemn the intolerance behind it and those who would pass it off as a legitimate political movement.

Those who traveled to Virginia to incite unrest don't understand the Virginia-born values that make our country great.

I have been in touch today with the Governor's Office and the Mayor, and stand prepared to help connect them with any additional federal resources that might be needed. My thoughts are with the victims, the great people of Charlottesville, and the police and first responders who restored order. I will continue to monitor the situation in Charlottesville and pray for its peaceful resolution.


5:35 p.m.

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine has released a statement on the Unite the Right rally and the violence in Charlottesville.

Virginia has come so far in recent decades to put division behind us. Both Anne and I are so proud of this progress. It's sickening to see the displays of violence and bigotry that were brought to Charlottesville by white nationalists over the last 24 hours, which tragically led to injuries and at least one death today. This is not who we are. Charlottesville is a vibrant community that recognizes the deep scars from our past and has rejected hatred in favor of inclusion.

The fact that people like David Duke cited the President to justify their views is a disturbing reminder that divisive rhetoric has sadly contributed to a climate where individuals who espouse hate feel emboldened. As they seek publicity through their hateful tactics, let's pull together--regardless of party, race or religion--to reject hatred in no uncertain terms and stand together. I'm encouraged by the words of leaders on both sides of the aisle who have spoken out forcefully against what has occurred today, and it's critical that we follow up those words with action that builds a more inclusive future. We call ourselves a Commonwealth because the word signifies community. It's who we are and we won't go backwards.


5:32 p.m.

State Delegate Steve Landes has released a statement on the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.

The divisive rhetoric espoused by groups like the Ku Klux Klan and the National Socialist Movement is reprehensible. Today’s violence is tragic and heartbreaking, and my thoughts and prayers are with the victims. These outside groups do not speak for, nor represent the values of the citizens of Charlottesville or the Commonwealth of Virginia. They are expressly racist and seek to divide Americans based on nothing more than the color of their skin. While they have the right to express themselves, I emphatically reject the bigotry they endorse and the violence that has occurred. The United States is – and should be -- a land of equal opportunity for all. I am grateful for the work done by local law enforcement, the Virginia State Police, and the Virginia National Guard. I am confident that those who committed the heinous act which resulted in a fatality will be brought to justice.


5:28 p.m.

The Associated Press reports the organizer of a rally that drew hundreds of white nationalists and other extremists to Charlottesville says he disavows the violence that eroded it.

Jason Kessler said in an interview Saturday evening that whoever drove a car into a group of counter-protesters "did the wrong thing." He said he was saddened that people were hurt.

Kessler is a local blogger and activist who described the event as a pro-white rally. He planned it to protest the city's decision to remove a Confederate monument.

He also criticized law enforcement's response to the event, which was dispersed before speakers could take the stage.

He said they did a poor job controlling the chaos to allow free speech.


5:11 p.m.

A vigil is underway at McGuffey Park for the victims of the car crash and United the Right rally violence.


4:45 p.m.

Charlottesville city officials have released more information on people being treated by emergency medical crews.

As of 4:35pm the City of Charlottesville can confirm 35 event-related Emergency Medical Services contacts. Many of those were treated at EMS treatment locations.

There were 19 injuries related to the vehicular incident and one fatality at UVA hospital. We are not releasing information about the victim at this time, as next of kin is being notified.

The driver of one vehicle was taken into custody by Charlottesville Police.


4:42 p.m.

The Associated Press reports a state official says the driver of a car that plowed into a group of protesters in Charlotteville is in police custody.

Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran said the man, who has not yet been identified, was arrested.


4:31 p.m.

Solidarity Cville has released a statement in response to the violence that erupted at the Unite the Right rally.

Today, Charlottesville community members came with love in their hearts to resist white supremacy. We grieve those who were injured in this struggle. We grieve particularly for the loss of life. We share this grief with our community.

We condemn this racist domestic terrorism and the harm done to individuals who came to support the Charlottesville community today.

We are heartbroken.


4:17 p.m.

Charlottesville city officials have now confirmed that one person was killed and 19 others hurt by the crash on Water and Fourth streets.

According to the city, there are also 15 people who were hurt in other incidents related to the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.


4:07 p.m.

Several Republican leaders in the Virginia House have released a statement on the Unite the Right rally and violence.

The statement is from Speaker William Howell, Speaker-designee Kirk Cox, Majority leader-designee Todd Gilbert, Caucus Chairman Tim Hugo and Majority Whip Jackson Miller.

The rhetoric and actions of racists, white supremacists, and Nazi-ideologues in Charlottesville last night and today are disgusting and vile. We are heartbroken that innocent life was taken in what appears to be a violent act of terrorism. This is not what Virginia believes in or stands for and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms. We are grateful for the bravery and professionalism of local law enforcement, the Virginia State Police, and the Virginia National Guard. They are heroic public servants.


4:05 p.m.

Ben Cullop, who is getting ready to launch a campaign for the Fifth District seat currently held by Tom Garrett, has released a statement on the Unite the Right rally violence.

I’m heartbroken for my hometown and our country. This weekend’s acts of violence and words of hatred have no place in our discourse, and do not represent Virginia’s values or American values. We all must denounce the hateful and divisive rhetoric shown today by white supremacists. These are bigots who reject the fundamental American value that all are created equal.

We will not be divided by groups who would love nothing more than to make hatred and intolerance a mainstream value. Throughout the many years I’ve lived here, I have seen the values that truly represent our community: love, compassion, and unity. Let us redouble our commitment to equality and opportunity for all, regardless of who might try to divide us.

My faith reminds me that we all have an obligation to respect and protect each other no matter who we are or where we come from. I join everyone in our community in praying for the victims of today’s cowardly acts of violence and for the safety of all those standing against hatred.


3:54 p.m.

The Associated Press reports one person is dead and 19 others were hurt when a car ran into a crowd of pedestrians.


3:49 p.m.

The Charlottesville Area Transit will end service at 5 p.m. on Saturday.


3:42 p.m.

The Associated Press reports President Donald Trump has addressed the violence in Charlottesville before moving on to speak about the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

He said condemns 'this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides' in Virginia.


3:23 p.m.

University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan has sent a letter to the parents of UVA students concerning the Unite the Right rally and the resulting violence in Charlottesville.

Dear Members of the University Community:

All of us are profoundly concerned and disturbed by incidents occurring this weekend related to the “Unite the Right” rally in downtown Charlottesville.

Last night, alt-right protestors carrying torches marched on UVA’s Grounds, attempting to intimidate bystanders and spread their message of intolerance and hate. There were several violent altercations during and after the march, and minor injuries were reported, including one University police officer who was injured while making an arrest.

During today’s “Unite the Right” rally in the city, there were numerous outbreaks of violence and reported injuries among protestors and counter-protestors. Earlier, we had encouraged all UVA community members to avoid the rally and to attend UVA-sponsored events instead. However, due to public safety concerns and after a declaration of a State of Emergency in Virginia, we cancelled the previously scheduled events that included academic programming, community discussions in the University Libraries, and athletic events.

The University of Virginia is a public institution and follows state and federal law regarding the public’s right to access open spaces, including the rights of the marchers who assembled on our Grounds last night. We also support the First Amendment rights to free speech and assembly, including the rights of the protestors and counter-protestors today. At the same time, we know that the ideologies and beliefs expressed by many of the groups that have converged on Charlottesville this weekend contradict our values of diversity, inclusion, and mutual respect. We strongly condemn intimidating and abhorrent behavior intended to strike fear and sow division in our community. Acts of violence are not protected by the First Amendment.

The safety and well-being of all UVA community members is my foremost concern as president. We are continuing to monitor the developments in downtown Charlottesville and to coordinate with state and local law enforcement. The UVA medical center remains open.

We will continue to uphold our shared values as a community and reject the ideology of intolerance and hate.

Teresa A. Sullivan


3:08 p.m.

The crowds from the Unite the Right rally have for the most part dispersed but there is still a large number of people in the downtown area.


3:01 p.m.

The car involved in the crash at Water and Fourth streets has been located on Monticello Avenue.

Law enforcement are on the scene and investigating.


2:46 p.m.

Congressman Tom Garrett says there are not enough characters in a tweet to properly respond to the violence in Charlottesville.

140 characters are not enough to describe the despicable escalation of racist rhetoric In Charlottesville.


2:41 p.m.

Mayor Mike Signer has tweeted a plea for people to go home.

I am furious & heartsick by the car crash that has injured many. Please all-go home to your families. We can work tomorrow. GO HOME! PLEASE!


2:34 p.m.

The Jefferson Theater says a performance set for Saturday night has been rescheduled for Oct. 8.

In a tweet, the venue says patron and staff safety is its highest priority.


2:25 p.m.

Three people running for office have released statements on the violence around the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.

Jill Vogel, a candidate for Lieutenant Governor - I am horrified by the hate being displayed in Charlottesville. It is not the Virginia that I know and love and I condemn this vile display of racism.

Justin Fairfax, a candidate for Lieutenant Governor - I am saddened by the scenes of violence and demonstrations of hatred in one of Virginia's greatest cities. We cannot allow hate mongers to divide us and make us forget our core beliefs of fairness and inclusion in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The citizens of the city of Charlottesville need our assistance at this time as hate groups continue to use the city to demonstrate their hate.

This moment is also a reminder of the need to tone down political rhetoric and the negativity we often see in our current politics. We must be deliberate and transcend politics to stand united against those who want to divide communities.

Roger Dean Huffstetler, running for the Fith District seat in Congress currently held by Tom Garrett - Now is the moment when every leader in our community must join together to denounce - loudly and publicly - this ugly display of hate. Silence or complacency have real and meaningful consequences. It tells our friends and neighbors that their value, dignity, and lives are not equal.

Congressman Garrett’s silence is deafening. It is shocking to me that our representative has yet to condemn and denounce the hateful, bigoted, and racist ideology being spewed in his district over the last 24 hours. We must have a leader in Congress that is willing to speak out and defend our basic American values of tolerance and compassion. I call on Congressman Garrett to add his voice to the growing chorus of Americans who will not stand for the hate we have seen today. Our district deserves better.


2:22 p.m.

Mayor Mike Signer has tweeted that the current situation involving the Unite the Right rally and counter protesters is why the city wanted to move the rally.

For all watching events in crowded, downtown Cville: this is EXACTLY why City tried to change venue to McIntire-but court wouldn’t allow.


2:15 p.m.

According to a tweet from Charlottesville City Hall, three vehicles were involved inthe crash on Water and Fourth streets that hurt several pedestrians.

People are being asked to avoid the area.


2:11 p.m.

Witnesses on the scene say the vehicle hit pedestrians then backed up and hit them again.


2:06 p.m.

A CBS reporter on the scene says at least four people have been hurt by a vehicle that hit protesters in the area of Water and Fourth streets.


2:04 p.m.

President Donald Trump has tweeted again, this time citing Charlottesville.

Am in Bedminster for meetings & press conference on V.A. & all that we have done, and are doing, to make it better-but Charlottesville sad!


2:02 p.m.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has released a statement in response to the ongoing violence in Charlottesville.

The demonstrations by white supremacists this weekend have no place in our country. This vile display of racism is an attack on our democracy and an affront to humanity.

America is no place for bigots. And to be silent in the face of their hatred is to condone it. That's why it is on all of us to stand up to these reprehensible acts and speak out against white supremacy. We cannot allow a group of cowards instill fear in our communities.

The Democratic Party stands with Governor McAuliffe, Lieutenant Governor Northam, the people of Virginia, and every American united against these vicious and violent attempts to divide us.


1:59 p.m.

According to an ACLU of Virginia tweet, someone threw a rock at a vehicle, which then turned around and hit people on the sidewalk near Water Street.


1:53 p.m.

David Duke, a Ku Klux Klan leader, and Richard Spencer, president of the white nationalist think tank National Policy Institute, are both at McInitre Park.

Spencer says he is "absolutely outraged" regarding the rally in Charlottesville.


1:51 p.m.

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine has tweeted another response to the Unite the Right rally and violence in Charlottesville.

People who came to VA to spew hate & incite violence have no place here. We stand for inclusion and will not go backwards. Praying for peace


1:45 p.m.

A reporter on the scene says a car just hit several people near the intersection of Fourth Street and Water Street.

Several people are reportedly injured.


1:43 p.m.

President Donald Trump has tweeted about condemning hate, saying it has no place in America.

The tweet does not tag Charlottesville or the Unite the Right rally taking place there on Saturday.

We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!


1:41 p.m.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sasnders has released a statement on the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.

The white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, is a reprehensible display of racism and hatred that has no place in our society. I am disgusted by the news, and my thoughts are with those in the Charlottesville community and around the country who have been targeted. While this incident is alarming, it is not surprising. Hate crimes and shows of hostility toward minorities have recently been surging. Now more than ever we must stand together against those who threaten our brothers and sisters.


1:39 p.m.

Former President Bill Clinton has tweeted in response to the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.

Even as we protect free speech and assembly, we must condemn hatred, violence and white supremacy.


1:33 p.m.

Protesters may be gathering at McInitre Park in an attempt to restart the rally.

At this time it is unclear if they are going to protest at McIntire Park.


1:28 p.m.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer has tweeted that the Emergency Operations Center has activated its non-emergency line.

People with non-life-threatening issues are asked to call (434) 979-4636.

Those with life-threatening injuries should still call 911.


1:22 p.m.

Police in riot gear were marching down East Market Street, with counter protesters yelling at them.

According to police on the scene, law enforcement officers have not used pepper spray, but people among the protesters have.

There have been numerous fights and various items thrown at officers and protesters.

Some of those fights reportedly occurred inside the Market Street parking garage.

Virginia State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller says this is "not a good day for Charlottesville, not a good day for the Commonwealth."

She adds that all of the injuries that have been reported were caused by interactions between protesters.


1:06 p.m.

A reporter on the scene says people who came for the Unite the Right rally are beginning to pack up to go home.


1:00 p.m.

The City of Charlottesville has released an update on the situation surrounding the Unite the Right rally.

According to that release, one person has been arrested and there are eight people hurt.

The Virginia National Guard is assisting local and state law enforcement officers.


12:51 p.m.

John Whitbeck, the chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, has released a statement on the Unite the Right rally.

The Republican Party was created to end slavery in the mid-1800's and our Party today continues to stand for equality for all persons regardless of their race or ethnicity. We condemn the hatred and racism on display today in Charlottesville and note that there is nothing conservative about messages of that nature.

Virginia Republicans, Democrats and Independents are all unified in rejecting their message.


12:42 p.m.

First lady Melania Trump has tweeted a response to the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.

Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence.


12:30 p.m.

The University of Virginia has canceled all events scheduled for Saturday due to "ongoing public safety concerns" at the Unite the Right rally.

The UVA Health System is open.

Due to the ongoing public safety concerns in downtown Charlottesville and as a result of both the City of Charlottesville and the County of Albemarle declaring a local state of emergency, the University of Virginia is cancelling all scheduled events and programming today (Saturday) effective at noon.

This cancellation includes all academic programming, the scheduled community discussions taking place in the University Libraries, and all UVA Athletic events and programming. The University is monitoring the developments in Charlottesville and continues to coordinate with state and local law enforcement.

The UVA medical center remains open.


12:27 p.m.

Virginia State Police troopers are moving protesters down Market Street.


12:25 p.m.

Gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie released a statement on the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.

Having a right to spew vile hate does not make it right. It is painful to see these ugly events in Charlottesville last night and today. These displays have no place in our Commonwealth, and the mentality on display is rejected by the decent, thoughtful and compassionate fellow Virginians I see every day. I know we all appreciate the law enforcement officials maintaining order and protecting public safety there.


12:19 p.m.

According to their Twitter feed, the Detroit Red Wings has weighed in on the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.

The Detroit Red Wings vehemently disagree with and are not associated in any way with the event taking place today in Charlotteville, Va. The Red Wings believe that Hockey is for Everyone and we celebrate the great diversity of our fan base and our nation. We are exploring every possible legal action as it pertains to the misuse of our logo in this disturbing demonstration.

12:13 p.m.

Governor Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency due to the Unite the Right rally and violence in Charlottesville.

At 11:28 a.m., the Virginia State Police contacted me to request a state of emergency and I immediately authorized the declaration. We have maintained close contact with the Virginia State Police, the Virginia National Guard, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, and other state and local officials on the ground in Charlottesville, and I agree that the situation in Charlottesville warrants an emergency declaration by me, in order to aid City and County law enforcement in their efforts to restore public safety and order in the City of Charlottesville and the surrounding area. In the days and weeks leading up to this event, my Administration engaged in extensive planning and preparation to ensure that the rally in Charlottesville could be held in a safe and lawful environment. These preparations included the deployment of a large number of state troopers, as well as the Virginia National Guard for support.

It is now clear that public safety cannot be safeguarded without additional powers, and that the mostly out-of-state protesters have come to Virginia to endanger our citizens and property. I am disgusted by the hatred, bigotry and violence these protesters have brought to our state over the past 24 hours. The actions I have taken are intended to assist local government and restore public safety.

My entire team will continue to monitor this situation throughout the day, and take appropriate action as necessary.


12:11 p.m.

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan has posted a comment on the rally on his Facebook page.

The views fueling the spectacle in Charlottesville are repugnant. Let it only serve to unite Americans against this kind of vile bigotry.


11:56 a.m.

The Virginia State Police has tweeted that protesters at the rally have charged at troopers on the scene.

No word on injuries at this time.

People are being arrested now that the rally has been declared an unlawful assembly.


11:50 a.m.

Several reports from the scene say police have the Robert E. Lee statue blocked off.

The situation is described as an "Aggressive crowd in a tight and congested spot."


11:41 a.m.

Reporters on the scene say tear gas has been used on protesters at Emancipation Park.


11:37 a.m.

Charlottesville city officials say an unlawful assembly has been declared
for the rally at Emancipation Park.


11:34 a.m.

Jason Kessler has tweeted that people are not being allowed to enter the speaking area in Emancipation Park.


11:30 a.m.

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine posted a comment on his Facebook page in response to the rally in Charlottesville.

I'm deeply disturbed that our country has to wake up to headlines of torch-wielding white nationalists promoting bigotry and inciting fear on a college campus in Virginia. I'm praying for, and urging, peace today. Racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric sow seeds of hatred in our communities. That's not who we are, that's not what Virginians stand for, and we have no intention of moving backwards toward the division of the past. People peddling in hate from outside of Charlottesville will never define this vibrant community.


11:25 a.m.

Charlottesville City Manager Maurice Jones and Interim County Executive Doug Walker has issued a Declaration of Local Emergency for Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

According to a post on Facebook, the joint declaration allows local officials to request additional resources if needed to respond to the events occurring Saturday.

Activities that are taking place outside the downtown Charlottesville area are not being impacted by the rally or the emergency declaration at this time.


11:17 a.m.

Thousands of people have already gathered at Emancipation Park.

There have reportedly been several incidents involving pepper spray, as well several fights.


11:11 a.m.

Reports from on the scene say people are throwing soda cans full of cement.

At this time, no injuries reported from this.


11:06 a.m.

Virginia state Delegate David Toscano released a statement on the rally in Charlottesville.

As the former mayor of this beautiful, inclusive and progressive community, I am saddened that our city may draw thousands who would come here to sow division and hate. The alt-right agenda has been brought to Charlottesville by people who are neither from our community nor who represent its values. We will strive to ensure the day does not erupt into violence, and we will redouble our efforts to remain civically engaged so that darkness does not obscure our light.


10:52 a.m.

Reports on the scene say people have been throwing human waste and other items at them.


People are already gathering for the Unite the Right rally in Emancipation Park.

According to the Virginia State Police, there has been an altercation that has injured two people.

The injuries are not life-threatening.

Local blogger Jason Kessler arranged the Unite the Right rally to protest a Charlottesville city decision to remove the Robert E. Lee statue from the park.

The city did approve a permit for the rally, but wanted Kessler to move it to McIntire Park instead.
On Friday, Kessler filed an injunction to force the city to let the rally take place at Emancipation Park.
The judge ruled late Friday night in Kessler's favor.
The rally is officially scheduled to begin around 12 p.m.

This one story will be constantly updated throughout the day as the situation develops.

James Alex Fields, Jr.

The comments sections of are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. tracks IP addresses. Repeat violators may be banned from posting comments.
View Comment Guidelines
powered by Disqus