Two Virginia policemen killed in helicopter crash linked to clashes

Protesters clash in Charlottesville VA

Protesters clash in Charlottesville VA

Lt. H. Jay Cullen of Midlothian and Trooper-Pilot Burke M.M. Bates of Quinton were killed in the crash, Virginia State Police reports.

Two Virginia state policemen were killed on Saturday when a helicopter in which they were riding crashed after assisting in efforts to quell clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville. However, it was unclear if the crash may have been linked to the rally. The driver of the auto has been arrested, and Thomas said at a press conference Saturday evening that the injuries from the crash range from minor to life-threatening.

Duke said the rally "represents a turning point for the people of this country". The driver of the Challenger was taken into custody and charges were pending, said Al Thomas, the Charlottesville police chief. He saluted law enforcement for their response and said he spoke with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, about the attack.

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".

A witness who filmed the auto crash said he saw the vehicle build up speed before ramming the crowd.

The city's mayor says at least one person is dead.

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According to Thames Valley Police she was charged with one count of driving while above the legal alcohol limit last night. The presenter was said to have been pulled over around 11.30am on Saturday morning after "driving erratically".

Video of the incident shows a auto speeding down a narrow street filled with protesters before slamming into protesters and sending them ariborne, ultimately stopping only when it hit a line of cars.

Witnesses say the victims were counter protesters marching to oppose thousands of white nationalists who descended on the city for a second straight day.

"The vehicle was travelling at (65km/h), hit about 15-20 people, crashed into the two cars in front of it, and then backed up and sped away while cops were standing on the side of the road and didn't do anything".

In total, more than three-dozen people were injured, officials said, including in the vehicle crash and individual altercations.

The violence erupted between white nationalists and counter-protesters.

Among those expected to attend the rally were Confederate heritage groups, KKK members, militia groups and "alt-right" activists, who generally espouse a mix of racism, white nationalism and populism.

One person dead after vehicle plows into protesters in Virginia
According to the Virginia State Police, before the start of the rally two people have already been injured from an altercation. Shocking video shows the moment a auto speed down a Charlottesville , Va., street, hit a group of protesters and sped off.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides", Trump said. "That's why we voted for Donald Trump because he said he's going to take our country back". Above all else, we must remember this truth, no matter color, creed, party.

I place the blame for a lot of what you're seeing in America today right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the president, " he told The Associated Press.

Bearing shields and chanting racist slogans, thousands of white nationalists descended on Emancipation Park - formerly Lee Park - in downtown Charlottesville. Hundreds of people threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays.

Men dressed in militia uniforms were carrying shields and openly carrying long guns. Thousands of people are expected to pack the area.

Disturbances began Friday night during a torch-lit march through the University of Virginia before escalating Saturday.

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North Korea had responded to Trump's previous promise to unleash "fire and fury" with a threat to land a missile near the U.S. Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE 6-to-1; on Nasdaq, a 3.60-to-1 ratio favoured decliners.

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