Chopper Crash Linked To White Nationalist Rally

Isaac Cain
August 13, 2017

Police said the helicopter was helping law enforcement officers monitor the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. 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 United States civil war. U.S. federal investigators said yesterrday they have opened a civil rights investigation into the circumstances that led a driver to plough a auto into a crowd while white nationalist activists and counter-protesters clashed in Charlottesville.

James Alex Fields Jr, 20, of OH, has been charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and one count related to leaving the scene. At least 15 other people were wounded, and three other men were arrested on assorted charges related to protest violence. One witness saw people being hurled in the air as the vehicle rushed through the crowd.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides", Trump said in a statement from Bedminster, New Jersey, where he is spending his summer vacation.

In Philadelphia, another vigil in response to the Charlottesville violence is scheduled to take place Saturday night at city hall at 7 p.m.

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University of Virginia Medical Center spokeswoman Angela Taylor confirmed the death to The Associated Press. The "Unite the Right" rally sought to challenge the city's ordered removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

"Angelenos and people everywhere condemn these acts of hatred, and are deeply saddened by the loss of life and injuries suffered today", Garcetti said.

In a brief appearance, US President Donald Trump condemned the violence and "hate" in the city. The two other victims were state troopers who were killed when the police helicopter they were in crashed. The president also ignored a question from a reporter as to what he would say to white supremacists who voiced support for him during the rally. "We don't need that right now in this country", Walsh said of what happened in Virginia.

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