Homeland Security releases statement on Charlottesville violence

In response to the violent riots in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday, including an intentional attack on counter-protesters when a vehicle mowed down a group of people, killing one and injuring 19, the Department of Homeland Security has released a statement.

The following statement was released by Acting Secretary Elaine Duke:

“DHS personnel have been in contact with Virginia state and local law enforcement to offer any assistance necessary to deal with today’s horrible violent incident in Charlottesville. What we have seen today has no place in our society. DHS will continue to work closely with our state and local partners across the country to counter violent extremism in all forms.”

Twenty people were taken to the hospital after the vehicle attack. One victim died, a 32-year-old woman who was crossing the street when the vehicle hit, but she has not yet been identified. Charges against the driver are pending, authorities say.

It is believed that many of the “white supremacist” rioters came into Charlottesville from other areas, and were not from the local area.

President Trump condemned the attack Saturday, saying, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides,” and added that the hate “has no place in America. What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives. No citizen should ever fear for their safety and security in our society, and no child should ever be afraid to go outside and play.”

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe held a press conference Saturday afternoon, saying, “I have a message to all the white supremacists and the Nazis who came into Charlottesville today… our message is plain and simple: go home! You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. Shame on you. You pretend that your are patriots, but you are anything but a patriot,” he said.

“Go home, and never come back. Take your hatred and your bigotry,” McAuliffe said.

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