ATLANTA - Georgia political leaders took to social media throughout Saturday to express their outrage over a protest that turned violent in Charlottesville, Va.
One woman was killed and at least 19 were injured Saturday when a car crashed into a crowd of peaceful protesters leaving a "Unite the Right" rally that officials declared an "unlawful assembly."
Charlottesville Police identified the driver as 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. of Ohio. He is in custody and will be charged with criminal homicide.
Both of Georgia's U.S. senators posted their reactions:
The violence we've witnessed today is not who we are as a country. Our thoughts go out all law enforcement working hard to keep the peace.— David Perdue (@sendavidperdue) August 12, 2017
I strongly condemn the hatred and violence in Charlottesville. This type of of vile bigotry and hate is not what our country stands for.— Johnny Isakson (@SenatorIsakson) August 12, 2017
The planned rally had already been shut down following bottle-throwing clashes between alt-right demonstrators, counter-protesters, white nationalists, neo-Nazis and supporters of Black Lives Matter.
No place in America for the hate displayed by white nationalists in #Charlottesville— Rep. Hank Johnson (@RepHankJohnson) August 12, 2017
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