UPDATE: U.S. opening civil rights investigation; 3 dead – News – Panama City News Herald

Hundreds of people chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays during the rally and ensuing protests. Dozens have been injured and three killed.

10:30 A.M UPDATE: Authorities have identified the woman killed during the deadly car attack yesterday in Charlottesville as 32-year old Heather Heyer, of Charlottesville.

Heyer was killed when a car driven by 20-year old James Alex Fields of Ohio plunged into a crowd of counter-protestors. Fields has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

10:30 P.M. UPDATE: U.S. officials have opened a civil rights investigation into the circumstances of the deadly car attack that took place amid clashes of white nationalists and counter-demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The investigation was announced late Saturday by officials of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia and the Richmond field office of the FBI. In a statement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said U.S. Attorney Rick Mountcastle has begun the investigation and will have the full support of the Justice Department.

“The violence and deaths in Charlottesville strike at the heart of American law and justice,” Sessions said, adding, “When such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and cannot be tolerated.”

Earlier in the evening, authorities said the 20-year-old Ohio man accused of driving a car into a group of counter-protesters at the rally has been charged with second-degree murder and other counts.

The Charlottesville Police Department said James Alex Fields Jr. of Ohio also faces three counts of malicious wounding, and one count related to leaving the scene.

Col. Martin Kumer, superintendent of the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, said Fields was in custody there Saturday night. A bond hearing is scheduled for Monday

A woman who identified herself as Fields’ mother said he told her he was going to…

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