He was arrested later that afternoon on suspicion of criminal homicide, police said. A Virginia State police helicopter that was responding to the situation in Charlottesville crashed on Saturday, killing two officers on board.
Photos shared to Twitter show people tossed in the air near cars.
Police later identified the person who was arrested as James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of OH, and said he is charged with second-degree murder and other counts.
“You pretend that you are patriots, but you are anything but a patriot”, said McAuliffe, who was flanked by Charlottesville’s mayor and police chief. “We are strongly, strongly against violence in any way shape or form”. “You have made our commonwealth stronger”.
The New York Times reports that some were chanting “You will not replace us”, and “Jew will not replace us”. But people called him out for not denouncing white nationalism. “We have to come together as Americans with love for our nation and true affection- really, I say this so strongly, true affection for each other”. “And it’s brought here by people who belong in the trash heap of history with these ideas”.
Sessions said he had spoken with FBI Director Chris Wray, along with FBI agents on the scene and law enforcement officials from Virginia, the state home to Charlottesville.
When the white nationalist groups returned Saturday for the main “Unite the Right” rally, which was the largest white nationalist meeting in over ten years, according to the Washington Post, there were counter-protestors waiting to oppose their message.
McAuliffe said at a news conference earlier in the day that three people had died, apparently a reference to the woman who died in the auto crash and the two victims of the helicopter crash.
His unequivocal condemnation of the far-right demonstrators was in marked contrast to Donald Trump, whose response fell well short of singling them out.
In February, Ku Klux Klan flyers were left on doorsteps of Doylestown homes.
Trump added that “it has been going on for a long time in our country – not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama“.