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Gainesville man among those arrested at Charlottesville white nationalist rally

(AP photo/Steve Helber)

A Gainesville man was among three people arrested by Virginia State Police after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville was declared an unlawful assembly.

Troopers say they charged 44-year-old James M. O'Brien of Gainesville with carrying a concealed weapon. Troopers also charged a Tennessee man with disorderly conduct and a Virginia man with misdemeanor assault and battery. State police said booking photos of the three men were not immediately available.

The white nationalist "Unite the Right" rally brought hundreds of protesters to Charlottesville to support and oppose the local Robert E. Lee statue.

Troopers Saturday responded to a 3-car crash that left one woman dead and several people injured after authorities say a man intentionally drove into a crowd of protesters.

The department also lost two troopers in a helicopter crash Saturday.



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