BREAKING: Gov. McAuliffe Declares State of Emergency in Charlottesville

Jennifer Van Laar
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Posted: Aug 12, 2017 11:40 AM
BREAKING: Gov. McAuliffe Declares State of Emergency in Charlottesville

(Updated 12:21 p.m. EDT)

After violent clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the city declared the "Unite the Right" rally an unlawful assembly. So far, two people have been treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency so state resources can also be used in response. Local police estimate 6,000 people are attending the rally, and 1,000 law enforcement officers have been deployed to the city.

Earlier Saturday, police used tear gas and smoke bombs in an attempt to break up the fights.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.