Timeline of events for Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WSET) - A white supremacist rally turned deadly Saturday, when one woman and two state troopers died.
The city of Charlottesville is still reeling, and several vigils are planned.
Below is a timeline of events surrounding the Unite the Right Rally.
Thursday, August 10:
- Jason Kessler, who organized the Unite the Right rally, files a federal lawsuit against the city of Charlottesville, saying it was unconstitutional for them to move the rally from Emancipation Park to McIntire Park.
Friday, August 11:
- A federal judge rules the rally can be held in Emancipation Park.
- Governor McAuliffe releases a statement saying the National Guard, Virginia State Police, and other public safety officials will be on standby for the scheduled rally on August 12.
- Hundreds of white supremacists carrying tiki torches march through the University of Virginia's campus. That demonstration turned violent.
Saturday, August 12:
- The white nationalists and counter-protesters arrive at Emancipation Park before the scheduled start time.
- At approximately 11:32 a.m., law enforcement rule it is an unlawful assembly after violence breaks out.
- At approximately 11:52 a.m., Governor McAuliffe declares a state of emergency, because violence had broken out in the streets of Charlottesville.
- Around 11:53 a.m., the University of Virginia cancels all campus activities, effective at noon.
- At 1:19 p.m., President Trump responds to the chaos via Twitter.
- At approximately 1:42 p.m., a car plows into the downtown mall, killing a woman, and injuring 19.
- Just after 3 p.m., President Trump spoke in New Jersey, condemning the violence and calling for unity.
- Shortly before 5 p.m., a Virginia State Police helicopter crashed, killing two troopers.
- Saturday evening around 6 p.m., Governor McAuliffe holds a press conference, condemning the white supremacists and violence.
- Officials reveal the suspect in the car attack as James Alex Fields, Jr.
- Virginia State Police say three others were arrested.
- Citizens gather for a prayer vigil late Saturday night.
Sunday, August 13:
- Governor McAuliffe attends two church services in Charlottesville
This is a developing story, stay tuned for updates.