Vehicle attacks rise as extremists target protesters

Vehicle attacks rise as extremists target protesters
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[Ed. – An editor’s note appended to the story explains that the photo that originally accompanied the article was actually of a car speeding away after it was surrounded by blacks who threatened the driver. That tells you all you need to know about the quality of the journalism here and the accuracy of the story as a whole.]

Right-wing extremists are turning cars into weapons, with reports of at least 50 vehicle-ramming incidents since protests against police violence erupted nationwide in late May.

At least 18 are categorized as deliberate attacks; another two dozen are unclear as to motivation or are still under investigation, according to a count released Friday by Ari Weil, a terrorism researcher at the University of Chicago’s Chicago Project on Security and Threats. Weil has tracked vehicle-ramming attacks, or VRAs, since protests began.

The 20 people facing prosecution in the rammings include a state leader of the Virginia Ku Klux Klan, as well as a California man who was charged with attempted murder after antagonizing protesters and then driving into them, striking a teenage girl. Video footage of some attacks shows drivers yelling at or threatening Black Lives Matter protesters before hitting the gas.

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