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Justice Department opens up civil rights investigation into Charlottesville violence

Justice Department opens up civil rights investigation into Charlottesville violence

The Department of Justice opened a civil rights investigation into the violence in Charlottesville, Va. where a white nationalist is facing a murder charge for driving into a crowd and killing a 32-year-old woman.

"The Richmond FBI Field Office, the Civil Rights Division, and the US Attorney's Office for the Western District of Virginia have opened a civil rights investigation into the circumstances of the deadly vehicular incident that occurred earlier Saturday morning," the U.S. Attorney's Office statement read.

Fields faces state charges of one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and one count of hit and run attended failure to stop with injury.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, called for the DOJ to open a civil rights investigation into the incident late Saturday night.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said late Saturday night he had opened up the investigation.

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