Chaos Compounded by Tragedy — 2 Confirmed Dead in VA State Police Chopper Crash Near Violent Protest

| AUG 12, 2017 | 10:30 PM

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Charlottesville, Virginia, has been in an uproar since Friday night, when a rally and a counterprotest clashed over the possible removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Independent Journal Review reported:

On Friday night, hundreds of participants of the “Unite the Right” rally marched through the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia.

The attendees held lit tiki torches and chanted things like “blood and soil” and “end immigration, one people, one nation.” At one point, the participants marched on the University of Virginia campus.

In the aftermath of Friday night's rally, protests stretched into Saturday — and things took a violent turn when a vehicle plowed into a crowd, killing one and injuring over a dozen others.

The number of people who have remained on the scene and in a heightened state of agitation has made an increased police presence necessary — and as well as keeping officers on the ground, the Virginia State Police provided air support.

But on Saturday afternoon, tragedy struck — and a police helicopter crashed in a wooded area near Charlottesville, according To the New York Times:

A short time later, the Virginia State Police Department confirmed the crash with a devastating statement of its own:

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe had already declared a state of emergency, calling the “Unite the Right” rally unlawful and condemning the violence. President Donald Trump also took time out from meetings to address the situation earlier in the day.

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