On Saturday, Charlottesville saw a major rally of far-right nationalists dubbed "Unite the Right" which subsequently led to violent clashes between the demonstrators and counterprotesters. Earlier in the day, Charlottesville police said James Alex Fields Jr., 20, has been arrested and charged with multiple offenses over the ramming attack perpetrated amid the violence.
"Virginia State Police have made three arrests related to the planned rally at Emancipation Park and the continued unrest following the declaration of an unlawful assembly. Troy Dunigan, 21, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct; Jacob L. Smith, 21, of Louisa, Virginia, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and battery; James M. O’Brien, 44, of Gainesville, Florida, was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed handgun," the statement published on Facebook read.
The far-right demonstration in Charlottesville was held in protest against the removal of a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the Emancipation park.
The Charlottesville government said late on Saturday, that over 30 individuals had also been injured during the unrest.