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Senators Portman and Brown call Charlottesville violence 'domestic terrorism'

Charlottesville resident Elliot Harding lights a candle as he places flowers and a stuffed animal at a makeshift memorial for the victims after a car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally earlier in the day in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

(WKEF/WRGT) - Ohio's Senators are speaking out following Saturday's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

An Ohio man has been arrested after police say he rammed his car into a group of protesters. Twenty-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. recently moved from Kentucky to Maumee, Ohio. Police say Fields drove his Dodge Charger into a group of peaceful protesters who were carrying signs in response to what's believed to be the largest group of white nationalists to gather together in a decade.

Republican Senator Rob Portman calls the act domestic terrorism, in a tweet Portman wrote "We must all condemn hatred and white nationalism."

Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown also sent out a statement saying, "The bigotry and violence we’ve seen in Virginia have no place in America. I am grateful to those who put themselves in harm’s way today to peacefully protest against racism and hate,” Brown said. “As we learn more, my thoughts are with all those injured and their families. I am grateful to Virginia law enforcement and first responders. Ohio stands behind Virginia as the state copes with this senseless violence. We must not tolerate racism, threats, intimidation or violence.”

Ohio Governor John Kasich also weighed in on tragedy, saying racism and violence have no place in America and must be condemned.

Three people were killed and dozens injured. Fields has been taken into custody and faces one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of hit-and-run.


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