In Virginia, James Fields, a self-described neo-Nazi who killed activist Heather Heyer at an anti-hate rally in 2017, was sentenced Friday to life in prison. Fields plowed his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville at a counterprotest of the white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally. Following the rally and Heyer’s killing, President Trump claimed there were “very fine people on both sides.” Heather Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, reacted to the verdict.
Susan Bro: “The last time I saw my daughter was to identify her body and to sign the papers for her to be cremated. And I held her bruised hand and bruised arm, and I said, ’I’m going to make this count for you.’ And that’s what I’ve done and I will continue to do. You don’t get to knock my child down and silence that voice without 500 more raising up. Don’t get to do that.”