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Protesters Rally in Downtown LA to Denounce Racially-Charged Violence in Charlottesville

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Melinda Barton | 14 August, 2017, 02:24

Death toll from violence over far-right protests in the U.S. city of Charlottesville rose to three, Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe said Sunday.

Fields, who is being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, is now charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and one count of failing to stop.

Video footage shows a Dodge Challenger crashing into a crowd of counter-protesters.

The Department of Justice said Saturday it has opened a civil-rights investigation into a deadly car-ramming incident that witnesses said targeted counter-protesters at a white nationalist and alt-right rally in Virginia.

The dead is reportedly a 32-year-old woman who was crossing the street at the moment.

Mr Trump then left, ignoring reporters' shouted questions, including whether he wanted the support of white nationals who have said they backed him or whether the vehicle crash killing amounted to terrorism. Virginia state troopers were killed when a helicopter patrolling the scene crashed outside of Charlottesville.

The Associated Press confirmed that the driver has been arrested.

"You pretend to be patriots, you are not patriots. It has no place in America", said Trump to reporters Saturday.

President Donald Trump has come under fire, including from fellow Republicans, for his apparent refusal to criticize far-right hate groups.

This tweet coincided with Charlottesville preparations to spur massive white nationalists' protests amidst attempts from force-enforcement bodies to limit them.

Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas said the suspect was taken into custody not far from the crash site.

In April, the city council voted to remove the bronze statue of pro-slavery Confederate General Robert Lee.

Some criticised Mr Trump for his seeming reluctance to specifically blame the white supremacists. "It has been going on for a long time in our country - not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama".

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Saturday slammed the white supremacists and neo-Nazis right-wing groups in Charlottesville and asked all of them to go back home.