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Obama Goes After Trump: 6 Big Lines

How hard it is to say that Nazis are bad, wonders the former president

(Newser) - Barack Obama has largely refrained from criticizing his successor, but that changed Friday in a speech at the University of Illinois. Some of the big lines from the speech, which is expected to be a theme of Obama's on the campaign trail before the midterms, as cited in the... More »

Cops Say Officer Was Assaulted During Charlottesville March

Hundreds of anti-racists marched in Va. city

(Newser) - Virginia authorities say they are investigating an assault of a Charlottesville police officer who was knocked down during a anti-racist demonstration related to a deadly 2017 far-right rally, the AP reports. Hundreds of people marched in Charlottesville on Saturday to mark the anniversary of the far-right "Unite the Right"... More »

Amid Police Tensions, Charlottesville Remembers

In contrast to last year, police were over-prepared; some complain about heavy presence

(Newser) - A day after tensions between police and activists nearly boiled over on the University of Virginia's campus, Charlottesville is marking Sunday's anniversary of a deadly gathering of white supremacists with a rally against racial hatred. Heather Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, told the AP that she has been... More »

Trump Tweet Recalls His Old 'Both Sides' Remark

And critics are quick to point that out

(Newser) - President Trump marked the eve of the Charlottesville-riot anniversary with a tweet that—surprise, surprise—may be dividing the nation, USA Today reports. "The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division," the president tweeted Saturday . "We must come together as a nation.... More »

Lots of Cops, Peaceful Events Mark Rally Anniversary

Three people are arrested on a mostly reflective day in Charlottesville

(Newser) - Charlottesville, Virginia, marked the anniversary of last summer's white supremacist violence with marches, vigils, and other community events that began unfolding peacefully Saturday amid a heavy police presence, the AP reports. As many businesses in a popular downtown shopping district began to open Saturday, law enforcement officers outnumbered visitors.... More »

A Year Later, Charlottesville Braces for Trouble

State of emergency in effect as city marks one-year anniversary of racial violence

(Newser) - Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of the deadly racial violence in Charlottesville, Va., and city officials are trying to avoid any repeat. States of emergency have been declared for the city and the entire state, and downtown Charlottesville will be under heavy watch from city, state, and federal law enforcement... More »

A Year Later, Charlottesville Battens the Hatches

Jason Kessler is trying to hold another Unite the Right rally on Aug. 12

(Newser) - The clock is ticking down on the Aug. 12 anniversary of the Unite the Right rally that led to deadly violence in Charlottesville, and white nationalist Jason Kessler wants to throw another event to mark it. The city of Charlottesville is taking him to federal court to try to block... More »

Suspect in Charlottesville Car Attack Pleads Not Guilty

James Alex Fields enters his plea in federal court Thursday

(Newser) - The man accused of driving a car through a group of peaceful protesters in Charlottesville, Va., last year has entered a plea of not guilty in federal court. James Alex Fields Jr. , who is accused of 30 federal hate crimes, entered his plea Thursday. Prosecutors say the Ohio man's... More »

Dozens of Hate Crime Charges for Suspect in Charlottesville Car Attack

James Alex Fields hit with federal charges

(Newser) - James Alex Fields Jr., who allegedly drove into a crowd of people protesting a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12, has been indicted on 30 hate crime charges by a federal grand jury, including a hate crime resulting in the death of Heather Heyer. According to court... More »

NPS Gives OK for 'White Civil Rights' Rally in DC

Organizer Jason Kessler led the Charlottesville rally last year where Heather Heyer was killed

(Newser) - Police in Washington, DC, are going to be busy on Aug. 11 and 12: The National Park Service has given initial approval for Jason Kessler, organizer of last year's deadly "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, to hold rallies to mark the anniversary of the Virginia event, WSET... More »

White Supremacist Guilty of Charlottesville Beating

He could get 10 years for attack on DeAndre Harris

(Newser) - A white Arkansas man charged in the beating of a black man during a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., has been found guilty of malicious wounding. Jacob Scott Goodwin, 23, was found guilty Tuesday for the August attack on 20-year-old DeAndre Harris, the AP reports. He is the... More »

Pulitzer Winner Took Photo on His Last Day at Work

Ryan Kelly captured Charlottesville attack

(Newser) - The winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography now works in a brewery. It was Ryan Kelly's last day of work at the Daily Progress when he captured a car slamming into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist gathering last year in Charlottesville, Va.... More »

Judge Rules in Case of Man Beaten by White Supremacists

DeAndre Harris acquitted of assaulting white nationalist in Charlottesville

(Newser) - A black man beaten up by a gang of white supremacists last August in Charlottesville only to later be charged himself with assault was found not guilty Friday, the Washington Post reports. According to Al Jazeera , 20-year-old DeAndre Harris was attacked by at least six white nationalists in a parking... More »

New Street in Charlottesville: Heather Heyer Way

City renames portion of street in honor of victim of summer violence

(Newser) - Just over four months after a young Charlottesville woman was killed when a car plowed into people protesting a white nationalist rally, the Virginia city will dedicate part of the street where she was marching in her honor. Charlottesville is holding a ceremony Wednesday morning to designate part of 4th... More »

Charlottesville Police Chief Steps Down

Al Thomas was sharply criticized for his response to the deadly white supremacist rally in August

(Newser) - The police chief of Charlottesville, Va., abruptly retired today, four months after a rally held by white nationalists in the city turned deadly and two weeks after a city-commissioned review slammed the police department for its response. Alfred Thomas had served as chief of police since May 23, 2016, CBS... More »

Charlottesville Suspect Faces New Murder Charge

Prosecutors upgrade charge against James Alex Fields

(Newser) - The man accused of driving into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville faces a new charge of first-degree murder after a court hearing Thursday in which prosecutors presented surveillance video and other evidence against him. Prosecutors announced at the start of a preliminary hearing for James Alex... More »

Mother of Heather Heyer Blames Trump for Her Death

'He definitely pushes forward a hateful agenda'

(Newser) - If you ask Susan Bro, there is plenty of blame to go around for her daughter's death: 20-year-old James Fields, who is charged with second-degree murder; unprepared local authorities; white supremacists; and, yes, even President Trump. In an exclusive interview with the Daily Beast , Bro says she is "... More »

Charlottesville Rally Organizer Arrested for Alleged Doxing

Jason Kessler says it wasn't him who outed info of protester

(Newser) - The organizer of the Charlottesville white supremacist rally is wanted by police for allegedly doxing a protester at the rally. Jason Kessler is accused of tweeting Emily Gorcenski's name, address, and a photograph of her home on Oct. 3; five days later, someone followed up the doxing with a... More »

Black Man Beaten in Charlottesville Faces Felony Charge

Arrest warrant for unlawful wounding has been issued for DeAndre Harris

(Newser) - A black counterprotester at August's white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., who was shown being beaten in a viral video, is now facing his own troubles with the law. The Daily Progress reports an arrest warrant has been issued for 20-year-old DeAndre Harris for his alleged attack on an... More »

White Supremacists Again Rally in Charlottesville

Torches briefly return to statue of Robert E. Lee in 'Charlottesville 3.0'

(Newser) - White supremacists returned to Charlottesville on Saturday night, again marching in front of a statue of Robert E. Lee with tiki torches in hand, reports the Daily Progress , in what Mayor Mike Signer termed "another despicable visit by neo-Nazi cowards." Alt-right leader Richard Spencer led the demonstration, which... More »

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