Troopers killed in Virginia police helicopter crash identified

Some were seen holding shields as skirmishes took place

Image Some were seen holding shields as skirmishes took place

"In America there is no place for violence of this kind" - wrote in his Twitter the President of the United States Donald trump, who called U.S. citizens "to unite".

McAuliffe said at a news conference earlier in the day that three people had died, apparently a reference to the woman who died in the auto crash and the two victims of the helicopter crash.

Observers quickly latched onto Trump's statements and slammed him for not explicitly rebuking the #UniteTheRight white nationalist rally that was called in response to a plan to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee from a park in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"Bigotry and racism have no place in our society". You think about the patriots today, the men and women who are wearing the cloth of our country, somewhere around the globe, they are putting their life in danger.

At a podium, Trump read a statement rebuking the violence, but without specifically mentioning or faulting the role of white nationalists.

A white supremacist carries the Confederate flag as he walks past counter demonstrators in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12, 2017.

The man being held for driving a vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia is being identified.

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President Donald Trump condemned the violence Saturday afternoon. Our message is plain and simple: "go home", Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe told a news conference.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the crash took place near Birdwood Golf Course, about five miles away from violent protests by white supremacists that resulted in at least one dead and dozens injured. It is not everyday political rhetoric to scream epithets at people who don't look like you or worship like you. "We have to come together as Americans with love for our nation and. true affection for each other", he said.

State police managed to apprehend a risky criminal.

"You came here today to hurt people and you did hurt people, but my message is clear - we are stronger than you".

The auto attack occurred around 1:00 pm, soon after McAuliffe declared a state of emergency in the city for the clashes between participants in the march and those opposed to it.

Everyone has a right under the First Amendment to express their opinion peaceably, so here's mine: not only as the Mayor of Charlottesville, but as a UVA faculty member and alumnus, I am beyond disgusted by this unsanctioned and despicable display of visual intimidation on a college campus.

I find it interesting (and frustrating) that most news coverage on this event is calling it either a protest, rally or march rather than what it should have been called: a riot. Let us heal. This is not our story.

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