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Virginia gov holds emergency Cabinet meeting after Charlottesville

Virginia gov holds emergency Cabinet meeting after Charlottesville
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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Monday held an emergency Cabinet meeting to address domestic terrorism and other issues in the aftermath of the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

“I have directed my team to impanel a commission with representatives from community organizations, faith leaders, and law enforcement to make actionable recommendations for executive and legislative solutions to advance our mission of reconciliation, unity, and public safety,” McAuliffe said in a statement.

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McAuliffe said he wants his state to “be a leader in the national conversation about how we move forward” after Saturday’s “Unite the Right” rally that was held to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. 

Tensions surrounding the rally boiled over on Saturday when a driver rammed into a crowd of counterprotesters, leaving one person dead and multiple others injured. 

James Alex Fields Jr., 20, has been charged with second-degree murder, failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death, and malicious wounding.

The governor said his office would review how Virginia issues rally permits and how it prepares law enforcement officials for such events.

“Finally, I commend our Virginia State Police and National Guard personnel, who worked in support of the City of Charlottesville, for their tireless work this weekend under very challenging and volatile circumstances,” the governor said. “Without their extensive preparations and measured actions, we would be facing a far more grave situation today.”