White nationalists, counter-protesters clash in Charlottesville, Va.

White nationalists, counter-protesters clash in Charlottesville, Va.

On the other hand, President Trump has been criticized for not calling out the racism happening in America right now.

Saturday's clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters have grown so violent the governor has declared a state of emergency and police have ordered people to disperse.

State police identified the victims as pilot Lt. H. Jay Cullen, 48, and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, 40.

Their helicopter was "assisting public safety resources with the ongoing situation in Charlottesville", according to a police statement.

The incident happened just after 5 p.m. EST near a golf course just east of town.

At least two people have been injured in the clashes at the University of Virginia ahead of the planned Unite the Right rally at Emancipation Park this afternoon.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said, "It is now clear that public safety can not be safeguarded without additional powers, and that the mostly out-of-state protesters have come to Virginia to endanger our citizens and property".

- ACLU of Virginia (@ACLUVA) August 12, 2017Police in #Charlottesville said they won't intervene until commanded to do so.

Trump said "many sides" were involved in the Charlottesville incidents, drawing fire from across the political spectrum for not specifically denouncing the far right.

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President Donald Trump sent his condolences to the families of the officers and their colleagues in the Virginia State Police.

In a follow-up tweet, James said that the youth deserve better.

Disturbances began Friday night during a march through the University of Virginia.

The white nationalist gathering aimed to protest the proposed removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee from a local park. More protesters gathered to rally against the right-wing demonstrators.

Described as a group of "anti-racist protesters" by a witness who took video of the crash, the group of marchers was packed close together at the end of a street near the intersection of Fourth and Water streets in downtown Charlottesville when the auto struck.

Police took a man into custody as the subject of a homicide investigation, Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas said.

"You came here today to hurt people, and you did hurt people", the governor said.

Addressing the fatalities that resulted from the day's events, McAuliffe again addressed those who he said "pretend" they are "patriots". "My brother didn't give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home".

Let it be known again here as it has been so many times before: no matter what he wants you to believe, Donald Trump is a fucking coward.

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