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Civil rights leader and political analyst weigh in on the events in Charlottesville

Civil rights leader and political analyst weigh in on the events in Charlottesville
Posted at 10:37 PM, Aug 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-14 18:55:04-04

(WTXL) - 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters.

Two Virginia State Troopers died in a chopper crash while responding to the area.

The violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend stirs political controversy and an outpouring of grief for those who lost their lives.

"We need to be doing everything we can to be healing, calming forces in our communities.We definitely need to take this as a lesson and we need to step back and come together to come up with strategies," said Delaitre Hollinger, Vice President of the NAACP Tallahassee Branch. 

Today, President Donald Trump is condemning the Neo-Nazi and white supremacist violence.

WTXL ABC 27 political contributor, Doctor Richard Murgo, says it was important for the president to show stability.

"It was certainly necessary. It was well placed and certainly most people including his staff and republicans are glad he made the statement, but yes a lot of people are saying it wasn't his initial statement, that it is two days to late. We look to our president to be stable, be metered, and to cast negative light on these things," said Richard Murgo, Ph.D.

The Chief of Police in Charlottesville says he regrets the loss of three lives and the violence that, in many ways, still grips the often quiet college town in Virginia.