On Saturday, at about 5 p.m., near Charlottesville, Virginia, a police helicopter crashed in a small grove on Old Farm Road, killing two police officers.
Eyewitnesses say that the aircraft hovered low to the grown before crash-landing in the thicket nearby.
Brian M. Rosenthal, a New York Times metro police correspondent, confirmed the incident via Twitter.
NYT can confirm: A Virginia State Police helicopter has crashed 7 miles SW of #Charlottesville, per the FAA. No idea if related. Crazy day
— Brian M. Rosenthal (@brianmrosenthal) August 12, 2017
President Donald Trump expressed his sympathies to the relatives and police officers in general following the fatal crash.
Deepest condolences to the families & fellow officers of the VA State Police who died today. You’re all among the best this nation produces.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
During the violent protests that erupted in Charlottesville Saturday, a car crashed into another one eventually plowing into the crowd killing one and injuring 19 others.
During the “Unite the Right” demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, which spiraled out of control in a matter of minutes, the Mayor of the city, Michael Singer, called a state of emergency, and later on denounced the riot as a “a cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance.”
“Everyone has a right under the First Amendment to express their opinion peaceably, so here’s mine: not only as the Mayor of Charlottesville but as a UVA faculty member and alumnus, I am beyond disgusted by this unsanctioned and despicable display of visual intimidation on a college campus,” said Singer.
The gathering on Saturday was set to take place at the Charlottesville Emancipation Park in the form of a demonstration against town’s removal of a monument of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
The rioters scattered shortly after the Mayor declared a state of emergency.
This is still a developing story and we shall yet to see whether the helicopter crash is somehow related to the protests. Stay tuned for more updates.
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