“RELATING TO CRIMINAL ACTIVITY”
by Sharon Rondeau
The FBI said it is seeking “information relating to criminal activity surrounding the violent protest in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017.”
The protest began as a rally reportedly including a number of politically-right-leaning groups and others objecting to the proposed removal of the Confederate war memorial. Protesters first marched at the University of Virginia on Friday, August 11 at which the Virginia State Police were expected to be present in significant numbers.
Peaceful protests were held in May and July at the same location attended by alleged “white supremacists” and members of the Ku Klux Klan, a group launched by Southern Democrats after the Civil War. Counter-protests were also peaceful at those events.
History.com states of the Ku Klux Klan:
Its members waged an underground campaign of intimidation and violence directed at white and black Republican leaders. Though Congress passed legislation designed to curb Klan terrorism, the organization saw its primary goal–the reestablishment of white supremacy–fulfilled through Democratic victories in state legislatures across the South in the 1870s. After a period of decline, white Protestant nativist groups revived the Klan in the early 20th century, burning crosses and staging rallies, parades and marches denouncing immigrants, Catholics, Jews, blacks and organized labor. The civil rights movement of the 1960s also saw a surge of Ku Klux Klan activity, including bombings of black schools and churches and violence against black and white activists in the South.
The late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) and former Louisiana state senator David Duke were both active, holding leadership positions, in the Klan. According to Wikipedia, Duke has been a member of the Republican, Democrat, Populist and American Nazi parties at different times.
On Saturday, extensive altercations involving hand-to-hand combat and thrown objects saw approximately 35 people were injured amid virtually no police presence. In addition, a woman was killed after a car hurled down a road full of people, then was operated in reverse with apparently no deterrence from law enforcement.
The violence has primarily been attributed to “white nationalists,” “Nazis,” and “racists,” but opposing groups confronted those individuals in hand-to-hand combat and are seen on video-tape throwing objects at others in many cases.
Trump said in remarks on Saturday that there was blame on “both sides,” for which he has been roundly criticized and called upon to resign by former Vice President Al Gore.
Although condemning the violence and all forms of bigotry, Trump has been accused of advancing white supremacy in a nonstop drumbeat from members of Congress and the mainstream media.
On Saturday evening, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Justice Department would launch a civil rights investigation into the violent and deadly incident.
In addition to a narrative, up to four attachments not to exceed 256 megabytes each may be uploaded through the FBI portal.