A white nationalist blames police for the violence that erupted before and after a rally where he was scheduled to speak before it turned deadly.
Virginia's governor on Saturday told white supremacists, who had gathered in Charlottesville to protest the removal of a Confederate statue, to "go home" after three people were killed in violence at a rally and in a helicopter crash that police linked to the protest.
Police said the helicopter was assisting law enforcement officers monitor the rally in Charlottesville.
Police said Lieutenant H Jay Cullen of Midlothian and Trooper-Pilot Burke M.M. Bates of Quinton were killed in the crash.
That was not how the Charlottesville mayor assessed the chaos that led the governor to declare a state of emergency, contending that Trump's campaign fed the flames of prejudice. Bates died one day before his 41st birthday; Cullen was 48.
McAuliffe had declared a state of emergency earlier on Saturday, as clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters had continued to escalate. You are not wanted in this commonwealth.
Maurice Jones, Charlottesville's African American city manager, looked stricken as he spoke.
"You came here today to hurt people".
"The acts and rhetoric in Charlottesville over past 24 hours are unacceptable and must stop".
Terrifying scenes unfolded in the city when a auto plowed into a group of counter-protesters leaving the rally.
A 32-year-old woman was among those killed when a vehicle ploughed into a crowd, according to Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas, and injuries ranged from life-threatening to minor.
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The male driver has been taken into custody and police were treating the incident as a "criminal homicide", he said.
He then said that the driver of the vehicle was "honking their horn" and then "they were just, like, bulldozing through people".
Police later identified the person who was arrested as James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of OH, and said he is charged with second-degree murder and other counts.
One woman died and 19 others were injured, five critically, when a auto ran into a group of pedestrians in the city's downtown Saturday afternoon.
Trump was criticized by members of both political parties for not specifying white nationalists in his comments about the violence in Charlottesville. "As one of the oldest and largest racial justice organizations in our country, we understand the human devastation discrimination brings, and the urgency of acting now to combat discrimination and hate".
Senator John McCain released a strongly worded statement that said, in part: "White supremacists and neo-Nazis are, by definition, opposed to American patriotism and the ideals that define us as a people and make our nation special". "Lets come together as one!" "This is what the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Civil Rts Division are meant to do", wrote Vanita Gupta, former head of the DOJ's Civil Rights Division, on Twitter.
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides".
Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, a Trump supporter who was in Charlottesville Saturday, quickly replied.
Even as crowds began to thin Saturday afternoon, the town remained unsettled and on edge.
It's the latest confrontation in the city since it voted earlier this year to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a downtown park.