Helicopter crash near Charlottesville white nationalist rally kills two cops

Richard Spencer attends an alt-right rally with torches in background at the University of Virginia

The bishop from the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, Virginia called for peace following violence in Charlottesville late on August 11 and subsequent events at the University of Virginia that left at least one person dead after a auto plowed into a crowd on the afternoon of August 12 during a white nationalist rally.

"The Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacists are repulsive and evil, and all of us have a moral obligation to speak out against the lies, bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred that they propagate", Cruz's statement said.

In response to the clashes, Governor of the U.S. state of Virginia Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency in Charlottesville.

The woman was killed when a vehicle plunged into a crowd of people peacefully protesting the rally.

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have called for peace.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer called the killing of a 32-year-old woman and the injury of others by a vehicle at a rally in the city a "terrorist attack with a auto used as a weapon".

"We must all come together as Americans - and be one country UNITED".

Shortly after the incident, a Virginia State Police helicopter above the rally crashed outside Charlottesville, killing the pilot and a trooper.

His comments were criticised for not specifically denouncing the white supremacists while condemning the "display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides". "Literally in the space of four hours, the word got out, and we had a crowd gather to say that we believe in equality".

Ana Navarro said: "This is not "many sides". I urge all people of good will-go home".

The turbulence began Friday night when white nationalists carried torches though the city's university campus in what they billed as a "pro-white" demonstration. "There is no place for you in America". Fields is in police custody.

A "Unite the Right" rally was held in the city on Saturday by white supremacists and nationalists with an aim of protesting the removal of a statue honoring Confederate General Robert E. Lee.



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