One Year Ago: Violent Clashes at White Nationalist Rally in Virginia
One year ago, on Aug. 12, 2017, a car plowed into a crowd of peaceful counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and wounding dozens of others. Earlier, hundreds of white nationalists and counterprotesters chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays on each other. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency. The rally had been planned to protest Charlottesville's decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a downtown park. A night earlier, fights broke out when hundreds of white nationalists marched through the University of Virginia campus carrying torches.