Hogan, Pugh respond to deadly attack at Charlottesville protests

The Baltimore Sun

Gov. Larry Hogan issued a statement on his official Facebook page Sunday expressing his condolences to the victims of a terrorist attack at a protest in Charlottesville Saturday.

In the post, the Republican governor said: “The First Lady and I are heartbroken over the deaths of two Virginia State Troopers and the innocent bystander, and all those injured as a result of the violence in Charlottesville this weekend. Hate and bigotry only lead to violence and death, and there is no place for it our society. Maryland stands in solidarity with our friends and neighbors in Virginia, today and always.”

He also tweeted about the incident Saturday afternoon.

A car rammed into a crowd of protesters and a state police helicopter crashed into the woods Saturday as tension boiled over at a white supremacist rally in the Virginia college town. The violent day left three dead, dozens injured and this usually quiet college town a bloodied symbol of the nation's roiling racial and political divisions.

The chaos erupted around what is believed to be the largest group of white nationalists to come together in a decade — including neo-Nazis, skinheads, members of the Ku Klux Klan — who descended on the city to "take America back" by rallying against plans to remove a Confederate statue. Hundreds came to protest against the racism. There were street brawls and violent clashes; the governor declared a state of emergency, police in riot gear ordered people out and helicopters circled overhead.

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, who has said she would like to remove the Confederate statues in the city, but has yet to act on recommendations from a commission to do so, expressed support for government leaders in Charlottesville.

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Baltimore) also issued a statement:

“My heart goes out to the people of Charlottesville, to those who were harmed by today's senseless violence and their loved ones.

"We must recognize that what happened in Charlottesville is not new. It is the latest manifestation of a long history of hatred that continues to fester in this country, enabled now more than it has been for generations.

"Our words of condemnation must be followed by actions to ensure those responsible for white supremacist violence are held to account and brought to justice.”

Maryland State Police and Baltimore’s police commissioner weighed in on Sunday:

Educators around Maryland offered their take, as well.

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