Robert Tracci, Albemarle Commonwealth’s Attorney on Charlottesville events Saturday, August 12

Robert Tracci, Albemarle Commonwealth’s Attorney

Today’s violence and hatred have no place in Charlottesville, Albemarle, Virginia, or our country.

Our prayers should be with today’s victims and their families. A 32-year-old woman run down by a driver who has been charged with murder, and the brave souls aboard the Virginia State Police helicopter lost this afternoon — Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen, 48, of Midlothian, Virginia, and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates of Quinton, Virginia.

There is no place for racial supremacy in a pluralistic America. We must rededicate ourselves to the values and ideals that unify rather than divide us. Faith and justice, liberty and equality, respect for the law and for each other, and recognition that our identity as Americans transcends race and gender, ethnicity and political division, religion or national origin.

We must commit ourselves to seeking and realizing the more perfect Union envisioned by our Founders.

I urge ALL citizens of good will to extend clear and unequivocal appreciation to our law enforcement personnel and first responders whose courage and sacrifice averted greater loss and tragedy: the men and women of the Virginia State Police, Charlottesville Police Department , University of Virginia Police Department, Albemarle County Police Department, Charlottesville and Albemarle Sheriff’s Offices, Virginia National Guard, Fire Departments, federal partners, Charlottesville – Albemarle Rescue Squad, UVA Health System, and many others.

We are grateful.

Robert N. Tracci
Albemarle Commonwealth’s Attorney