U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) is seeking information from federal law enforcement and justice officials about domestic terror and hate organizations in Ohio and how they are tracked, according to letters sent to the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday.
The requests follow the Aug. 12 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., where 20-year-old Toledoan James A. Fields, Jr. is accused of ramming his car into a crowd of people, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring several others. At the rally white nationalist, KKK, and white supremacist groups clashed with counter protesters.
“All Ohioans have a right to feel safe where they live, worship, or go to school – but right now too many of our communities are scared by the hate and bigotry gripping our country,” Mr. Brown said in a statement Tuesday. “I want to make sure Ohio’s communities have the resources and support from our federal law enforcement agencies to protect people and help people feel safe.”