On Saturday, hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and Ku Klux Klan members, some of them armed, amassed in Charlottesville, Va., to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a park in the city that is home to the University of Virginia. Clashes erupted with counterprotesters, and a woman was killed and 19 others injured when a motorist described as a white supremacist allegedly plowed into crowd on a pedestrian mall. Here’s the latest of what we know.
• Announcing a civil rights investigation into the deadly protest in Charlottesville, President Trump on Monday called the KKK and neo-Nazis “repugnant” and said those who committed crimes in the name of racism were “thugs.” Trump had been under pressure to make a stronger statement than he did on Saturday, when he condemned violence but said nothing about those who committed it. Earlier Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the “evil attack” met the legal definition of domestic terrorism.
• James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio, appeared in court Monday for a bail hearing on murder and related charges in the death of Heather D. Heyer, 32, of Charlottesville. Officials allege that Fields, who is seen in photographs taking part in a protest by white supremacists, ran a car into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing Heyer and injuring 19 others. The judge declined to set bail because Fields, who appeared by video hookup, did not have an attorney. His next hearing is set for Aug. 25.
• In the Philadelphia region and around the nation, the violence in Charlottesville brought swift denunciation from religious and civic leaders Sunday and inspired public vigils in protest and mourning.
• Virginia Gov. Terry McAulliffe, a Democrat, defended police against charges that they stood by while the violence played out, saying officers and state troopers faced a “very delicate situation” because many of the protesters were armed.
• Funeral services are being planned for two Virginia state troopers who died in a helicopter crash. Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M. M. Bates were deployed as part of the massive police operation in place for Saturday’s protest.