A 32-year-old woman died after a auto plowed through a crowd. Late Saturday, the Department of Justice and FBI launched a federal civil rights investigation into the deadly auto attack.
Virginia declared a state of emergency after violence erupted on the streets of Charlottesville. "When such actions arise form racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and can not be tolerated".
Part of what made the case become a federal one was that the chief suspect, 20-year-old James Alex Fields, Jr, crossed state lines, travelling from OH to Virginia. The helicopter had been part of the operation to monitor the clashes.
What started as a white supremacy gathering to protest the town removing a Confederate statue quickly turned violent as the supremacists and counter-protestors clashed in the Virginia town. He said they did a poor job controlling the chaos to allow free speech. "I urge all people of good will-go home". You are not wanted in this great commonwealth, shame on you!
"You pretend that you are patriots, but you are anything but a patriot", he said.
On Twitter, Jesuit Father James Martin denounced racism as a sin and said: "All Christians, all people of faith, should not only reject it, not only oppose it, but fight against it". And you did hurt people.
"We are stronger than you", the governor added.
Police said the helicopter was assisting law enforcement officers to monitor crowds at the rally.
"We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump", he said. They were carrying citronella tiki torches - a fact that many online commenters, some country artists included, poked fun at - and reciting chants such as "White lives matter" and "You will not replace us".
In Boston, Massachusettes, protesters held signs that read "Unite against racist hate & sexist bigotry".