08/13/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/13/2017 10:43
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 13 - In response to news that the Department of Justice will open a civil rights investigation into the white-supremacist led violence that resulted in three deaths in Charlottesville, AFJ President Nan Aron released the following statement:
'The horrific violence in Charlottesville leaves us all heartsick. Now is the time for the Justice Department to fulfill its role as guardian and enforcer of our civil rights, and work aggressively to investigate these attacks. We are heartened to hear DOJ's condemnation of bigotry and violence, which have no place in our society. Let's make no mistake: these attacks were carried out by white supremacists embracing a hateful ideology that is bubbling to the surface in our current political climate, and must be stopped before the fabric of our society is irreparably torn. In addition, we call on the administration to appoint, and the Senate to confirm, only judges who have a demonstrated commitment to civil and human rights.'
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