A car reportedly plowed through peaceful protesters marching against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. At least one person was killed and 19 people injured. Hours later, a police helicopter also reportedly crashed on the outskirts of the city, killing two officers. It is unclear if the events are related.
City and county officials had hours earlier declared a state of emergency after violence broke out between white nationalist marchers and anti-racist counter-protesters in a city park. At least two people were injured as belligerents threw punches, paint-filled water balloons, urine, and water bottles; sprays believed to be mace and tear gas were also used. The "Unite the Right" rally has assembled to protest Charlottesville's removal of statues commemorating Confederate figures like Gen. Robert E. Lee. Police issued an order to disperse before the event's official start time at noon. Friday night, a smaller group of marchers assembled with torches on the University of Virginia campus chanting Nazi slogans in what Charlottesville's mayor called "a cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance."
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