Facing Scrutiny, Sessions Announces Probe into Death Amid White Nationalist Rally

lawnewz.com | 8/13/2017 | Alberto Luperon
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Saturday that the feds are investigating the fatal car crash that left one woman dead and others injured amid a white nationalist rally. Eyes are on the Trump administration, which has been accused of facilitating the bigoted sentiment allegedly behind this incident.

“The violence and deaths in Charlottesville strike at the heart of American law and justice,” Sessions said in a statement obtained by LawNewz.com. “When such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and cannot be tolerated. I have talked with FBI Director Chris Wray, FBI agents on the scene, and law enforcement officials for the state of Virginia. The FBI has been supporting state and local authorities throughout the day. U.S. Attorney Rick Mountcastle has commenced a federal investigation and will have the full support of the Department of Justice. Justice will prevail.”

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In a separate statement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Richmond Office said that this is a civil rights probe run by them, the Civil Rights Division, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia.

Authorities say one woman, identified as 32-year-old Heather Heyer, was killed Saturday after a car rammed into a crowd who were protesting a white nationalist rally. Dozens were injured. Witness Matt Korbon, a 22-year-old year University of Virginia student, told The Associated Press that a silver Dodge Challenger barreled through “a sea of people” and smashed into another car. Ohio man James Alex Fields Jr., 20, was arrested...
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