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

Protesters clash in Charlottesville VA
Protesters clash in Charlottesville VA

13 August, 2017

THE death toll from a violent auto rampage at a white supremacist rally in Virginia has climbed to at least three, as President Donald Trump has condemned the attack.

A white nationalist rally turned violent in the city of Charlottesville, United States, on Saturday, with a vehicle ramming into a number of people who were protesting peacefully against the demonstration.

The death toll includes two Virginia State Police officers who were killed when their helicopter crashed near Charlottesville.

Lt. H. Jay Cullen of Midlothian and Trooper-Pilot Burke M.M. Bates of Quinton were killed in the crash, Virginia State Police reports. Bates died one day before his 41st birthday; Cullen was 48.

Skirmishes broke out between white nationalists and protesters who condemned the rally as racist and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency to marshal additional resources.

"Go home, You are not wanted in this great commonwealth".

In an emergency meeting Saturday evening, the Charlottesville City Council voted unanimously to give police the power to enact a curfew or otherwise restrict assembly as necessary to protect public safety.

Video shows Shieldcar ramming into the back of another auto, causing a pile-up and sending people over the top of the vehicle in front of it. "I place the blame for a lot of what you're seeing in American today right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the president".

A 32-year-old women died when a vehicle plowed into a crowd dispersing after police broke up the melee in the city's downtown.

The crash is still under investigation but there is "no indication of foul play being a factor in the crash", state police said.

He then said that the driver of the auto was "honking their horn" and then "they were just, like, bulldozing through people".

At least 35 people had been treated for injuries, ranging from life-threatening to minor, Thomas said.

By Saturday morning, the crowds became violent as hundreds of people threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays.

Despite the decision to quash the rally, clashes continued on side streets and throughout downtown.

Fellow Republicans Chuck Grassley and Marco Rubio are also calling Trump out, the latter saying that it is "very important for the nation to hear [The President] describe events in Charlottesville for what they are, a terror attack by white supremacists". "As one of the oldest and largest racial justice organizations in our country, we understand the human devastation discrimination brings, and the urgency of acting now to combat discrimination and hate".

And the USA leader added that Americans must come together "with love for our nation. and true affection for each other". "Lets come together as one!"

Speaking at his golf club in Bedminster, NJ, President Donald Trump spoke about the violence at a previously scheduled press conference about veterans' healthcare and said we have to "heal the wounds of our country".

"Hate and division must stop, and must stop right now".

His comments were criticised for not specifically denouncing the white supremacists while condemning the "display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides".

Even as crowds began to thin Saturday afternoon, the town remained unsettled and on edge.

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