Helicopter crashes outside city where violent protests erupted, killing 2 state troopers


"I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here".

Finally, former President Barack Obama weighed in Saturday evening, as the events of the day appeared to have calmed down both in Charlottesville and online. "To speak to the country in ways that are just morally sufficient to suggest that he cares about the problem without alienating the very people who support him, who are quite willing to victimize other Americans", Brooks said.

The driver of the vehicle, an unidentified man, has been taken into custody and the incident is being treated as a homicide, Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas told a news conference.

They were met by anti-fascist protesters, with the two groups repeatedly clashing in street brawls that have seen chemicals sprayed and projectiles thrown.

"A auto appeared to deliberately mow down pedestrians", eyewitnesses tell Reid. The driver then rapidly reverses away from the scene.

Among those expected to attend the rally are Confederate heritage groups, KKK members, militia groups and "alt-right" activists, who generally espouse a mix of racism, white nationalism and populism. Hundreds of these, alongside right-wing militia groups, descended on Charlottesville to demonstrate against the removal of a Confederate statue in a city park.

We are closely following the awful events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides", Trump said in a statement from Bedminster, New Jersey, where he is spending his summer vacation.

Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer said he was disgusted that the white nationalists had come to his town and blamed President Donald Trump for inflaming racial prejudices with his campaign previous year.

"What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives", he added.

NY [U.S.A.] August 13:Virginia's governor Terry McAuliffe has declared an emergency after rally turned violent killing one person and injuring 19 when a vehicle rammed into a group of protesters marching against white supremacist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday. After the riots the police have declared the action illegal and used tear gas to disperse the troublemakers.

In Oakland, California, a flier for the solidarity event circulated on social media reads, "Charlottesville, We Got Your Back" and "Bay Area United Against White Supremacy". Our message is plain and simple: Go home. You are not wanted in this great Commonwealth.

Governor Andrew Cuomo of NY made an official statement earlier today, saying that there are not "many sides" to the violence that unfolded in Charlottesville and rebuking Trump for his response. And you did hurt people. We are stronger than you. There is no place for you here.

Meanwhile, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper denounced the violence and said hatred had no place in society.

"Our First Amendment rights were violated today", Kessler said by phone before the auto crash.

Between rally attendees and counter-protesters, authorities were expecting as many as 6,000 people, Charlottesville police said this week.

What Trump is doing here is pre-emptively absolving himself of blame for creating a political climate in the country in which people like these "Unite the Right" demonstrators feel emboldened enough to rally in public.

The University of Virginia Health System confirmed that 20 patients were brought to UVA Medical Center and that 19 were being "assessed and treated" in addition to the single death.