Troopers killed in Virginia police helicopter crash identified

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Agosto 13, 2017

Both Virginia State Police troopers died Saturday when their police helicopter crashed and burned in Charlottesville, as they patrolled near the site of clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters.

It is unclear how many were injured; an Associated Press reporter saw at least one person on the ground receiving medical treatment immediately after the vehicle careened into the line of several hundred people.

After the park was cleared, protesters carrying Confederate flags, Nazi symbols and other anti-Semitic signs marched to McIntire Park, a larger location where city officials had previously tried to move the rally.

According to witnesses, counter protesters were hit as they turned a corner during their protest march.

A vehicle ran over a group of counterprotesters.

"This is a devastating loss for their families, the Virginia State Police, and the entire commonwealth", McAuliffe said.

A driver in a silver Dodge Challenger on Saturday plowed through a group of counterprotesters who had rallied against white nationalist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Police began clearing Emancipation Park around noon, declaring it unsafe, before police officers themselves began to leave the scene.

Between rally attendees and counter-protesters, authorities were expecting as many as 6000 people, Charlottesville police said this week.

BEDMINSTER, N.J.: President Donald Trump on Saturday condemned "in the strongest possible terms" the spate of violence unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia, and called for "a swift restoration of law and order" - but avoided placing blame on any particular party for the hate-fueled upheaval.

Following the incident President Trump addressed the nation while on vacation in New Jersey saying: "We have to heal the wounds of our country".

Members of a self-described militia, dressed in camouflage and armed with long guns, said they meant to keep the peace between opposing protesters.

"It's been going on for a long time in our country", he continued. "I urge all people of good will-go home", Signer said in a statment.

Donald Trump has condemned the "egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence" in the United States city of Charlottesville after violence erupted at a far-right rally. Our message is plain and simple: "go home", McAuliffe told a news conference.

"This is about an anti-white climate within the Western world and the need for white people to have advocacy like other groups do", he said in an interview. The incident took place about two blocks from the park displaying the statue of Robert E. Lee, who headed the Confederate army in the American Civil War.

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