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Helicopter crash near Charlottesville white nationalist rally kills two cops

13 August 2017

The president condemned the violence in Charlottesville on Saturday, but said "many sides" were responsible.

James Alex Fields, Jr, a registered Republican, was booked in jail on suspicaion of second-degree murder, according to the Washington Post. They gathered in Richmond, Virginia to protest at the proposed removal of monuments harking back to the Confederacy - a group which opposed the abolition of slavery and sparked the U.S. civil war.

A 32-year-old woman died after a vehicle plowed through a crowd. Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran said the driver, a man, has been arrested.

The senator also called for a federal task force to look at the "size and scope" of the white nationalist groups that gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.

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The Charlottesville government said late on Saturday that over 30 individuals had also been injured during the unrest.

Addressing reporters, Trump refused to name white supremacists or any specific group, blaming the violence "on many sides".

One person was killed and a dozen injured when a white supremacist sympathizer - in custody - intentionally drove into a crowd of counter protesters.

"So, after decades of White Americans being targeted for discriminated and anti-White hatred, we come together as a people, and you attack us?" he wrote. However, after a number of fights broke out in the early morning, the city declared a state of emergency ordering police to shut down the rally.

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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.

His unequivocal condemnation of the far-right demonstrators was in marked contrast to Donald Trump, whose response fell well short of singling them out.

Friday night white nationalist organizations from around to the country descended onto Virginia to protest the ordered removal of former confederate general Robert E. Lee's statue from Virginia State Grounds.

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Helicopter crash near Charlottesville white nationalist rally kills two cops