Helicopter crashes outside city where violent protests erupted, killing 2 state troopers

Image White nationalists carry torches on the grounds of the University of Virginia

- Amid violent protests that broke out in Charlottesville on Saturday, President Trump appealed to Americans to "come together as one".

It was in the wake of this violence that a vehicle slammed into a street crowded with people, killing 1 person and injuring 19 others. Video on social media and Reuters photographs showed the auto hit a large group of counter-protesters, sending some flying into the air.

Calling for unity, US President Donald Trump also condemned the violence via Twitter.

According to one witness who claims he was hit, protestors opposing the Unite the Right rally were obstructing three cars.

President Donald Trump has condemned "hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides" in response to the tragedy. The violence presented Trump with perhaps the first domestic crisis of his young administration.

During his speech, Trump labeled the unrest in Virginia as "terrible events".

Trump tweeted Saturday that "we ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for". Police said the helicopter was assisting law enforcement officers monitor the rally in Charlottesville.

The woman was killed after police say 20-year-old James Alex Fields drove his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of counter-protesters as they walked in the opposite direction on the street.

Charlottesville, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a liberal-leaning city that's home to the flagship University of Virginia and Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson.

After hours of clashes, a silver sedan driving at high speed plowed into the crowd before reversing along the same street.

He added there is no place for this kind of violence in America.

Charlottesville City Manager Maurice Jones said at the conference that 14 people were treated for injuries, "ranging from life-threatening to mild". These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism.

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"We stand with communities like Charlottesville that are doing the correct and necessary thing to eliminate symbols of White supremacy and racial oppression from public places", said Scott Reed, executive director of PICO National Network.

"White supremacists, Neo-Nazis and anti-Semites are the antithesis of our American values". The rally and counter-protests are expected to draw thousands of people.

It's the latest confrontation in Charlottesville since the city about 100 miles outside of Washington, D.C., voted earlier this year to remove a statue of Lee.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer tweeted that one person died in the day's violence.

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