Civil rights investigation open into vehicular death in Charlottesville

A police cruiser shown amid protests and counter-demonstrators descended on the small city of Charlottesville Virginia Saturday. WCAV via CBS News

Attorney general Jeff Sessions said that the FBI's Richmond field office and Rick Mountcastle, the US Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, would lead the investigation.

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.

In the aftermath of planned white nationalist rally that turned violent when demonstrators and counter-protesters clashed in the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday, the state's governor, Terry McAuliffe, denounced those who came to the city for the event.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides", he said. The driver, identified as James Alex Fields, Jr., is being charged with second degree murder and multiple other felony counts.

"The violence, chaos, and apparent loss of life in Charlottesville is not the fault of 'many sides.' It is racists and white supremacists", Mark Herring tweeted.

Two people were confirmed killed on Saturday evening after a police helicopter crashed in the north west of the town.

A 20-year old man was arrested on Saturday on second-degree murder charges, having allegedly crashed his vehicle into a group of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.

North Korea tensions continue to weigh on global stocks
The dollar index, which measures the U.S. currency against a basket of major peers, slipped 0.1 percent as U.S. OIL: Benchmark U.S. crude added 21 cents to $49.38 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Republican President Donald Trump is facing criticism for not acknowledging that white supremacists were responsible for the violence.

"Go home", he said.

"Sometimes, there are people trying to sound self-righteous when really, the president made it extremely clear - all of us condemn this horrifying tragedy", Franks said. "Lets come together as one!"

"There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis", Trump wrote in a two-part tweet Sunday morning.

"Jay has flown us across the commonwealth for more than three and a half years", McAuliffe said in a statement.

The controversial "Unite the Right" march was organised to protest the removal of a statue honouring Gen. Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate Army in the 19th-century American Civil War.

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