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Virginia State Police Investigating Fatal Helicopter Crash in Albemarle County

13 Août 2017

President Donald Trump says there's "no place" in the United States for the kind of violence that's broken out at a white nationalist rally in Virginia. The alt-right protest was also declared as an unlawful assembly.

At least three people were killed and 35 injured in violent clashes between protesters and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.

The 20-year-old man, identified as James Alex Fields Jr., is from Maumee, the mid-west state of OH, according to Superintendent Martin Kumer with the Albermarle-Charlottesville County Regional Jail.

James Alex Fields Jr., who is now in police custody, allegedly plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting the white nationalist rally Saturday in a Virginia college town, killing a 32-year-old woman, hurting dozens more and ratcheting up tension. One person has died.

There were several hundred protesters marching in a long line when the vehicle drove into a group of them.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the violence, "strikes at the heart of American law and justice".

The death toll includes two Virginia State Police officers who were killed when their helicopter crashed near Charlottesville.

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Authorities at the University of Virginia Medical Center confirmed the death following the auto attack as well as the 19 it injured and who are being treated there.

"Sometimes, there are people trying to sound self-righteous when really, the president made it extremely clear - all of us condemn this horrifying tragedy", Franks said.

Charlottesville was under a state of emergency at the time of the incident after a day of unrest after white nationalists protested the removal of a statue of Confederate leader Robert E. Lee.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides... on many sides". He said they did a poor job controlling the chaos to allow free speech.

The violence in Charlottesville - a liberal college town - is a stark demonstration of the growing political divide in the USA, which has intensified since President Trump's election a year ago.

"We agreed that the hate and the division must stop, and must stop right now".

Virginia State Police Investigating Fatal Helicopter Crash in Albemarle County