US New lawsuits aim to prevent more violence in Charlottesville

19:00  12 october  2017
19:00  12 october  2017 Source:   Associated Press

White nationalists return to Charlottesville

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The city of Charlottesville will join a lawsuit that seeks to prevent more . Photo: Steve Helber, AP. New lawsuits aim to prevent more violence in Charlottesville .

Two newly filed lawsuits against the white nationalists and others who descended on Charlottesville during a summer rally aim to prevent the violent Separately, 11 residents injured in the violence filed a lawsuit late Wednesday night in federal court in Charlottesville against a number of rally

FILE - This Saturday Aug. 12, 2017 file photo, an armed militia member stands guard at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. The city of Charlottesville will join a lawsuit that seeks to prevent the heavily armed bands of white nationalists and militia groups that descended on the Virginia city for a violent summer rally from returning. The City Council held a special meeting Thursday, Oct. 12, where they voted to join the lawsuit. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)© The Associated Press FILE - This Saturday Aug. 12, 2017 file photo, an armed militia member stands guard at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. The city of Charlottesville will join a lawsuit that seeks to prevent the heavily armed bands of white nationalists and militia groups that descended on the Virginia city for a violent summer rally from returning. The City Council held a special meeting Thursday, Oct. 12, where they voted to join the lawsuit. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Two newly filed lawsuits against the white nationalists and others who descended on Charlottesville during a summer rally aim to prevent the violent chaos that unfolded from happening again.

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Two newly filed lawsuits against the white nationalists and others who descended on Charlottesville during a summer rally aim to prevent the violent chaos that unfolded from happening again. We'll send you a link to create a new password.

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One of the lawsuits was filed Thursday in Charlottesville Circuit Court on behalf of the city, local businesses and neighborhood associations. It accuses organizers of the August "Unite the Right" rally, leading figures in the white nationalist movement and their organizations, as well as private militia groups and their leaders, of violating Virginia law by organizing and acting as paramilitary units.

It doesn't seek monetary damages but asks for a court order prohibiting "illegal paramilitary activity."

"Touted as an opportunity to protest the removal of a controversial Confederate statue, the event quickly escalated well beyond such constitutionally protected expression," the lawsuit says. "Instead, private military forces transformed an idyllic college town into a virtual combat zone."

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Separately, 11 residents injured in the violence filed a lawsuit late Wednesday night in federal court in Charlottesville against a number of rally leaders and attendees. News of that lawsuit was first reported by The Washington Post.

The rally drew hundreds of white nationalists to Charlottesville, as well as hundreds of counterprotesters. The two sides began brawling in the streets before the rally got underway, throwing punches, unleashing chemical sprays and setting off smoke bombs. At least one person fired a gun. Later, a woman was killed when a car drove into a crowd protesting the white nationalists.

The lawsuit filed in state court reconstructs the events of the day in detail, citing social media posts of the defendants, media accounts and documents.

It says the white nationalist organizations weren't functioning as individuals exercising their Second Amendment rights but as members of a "fighting force."

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Discord was quick to shut down neo-Nazi servers and accounts in the wake of racist violence in Charlottesville , but that doesn't mean those conversations are gone forever. In fact, they may be instrumental to making criminal cases and lawsuits stick.

It asks that they be held in violation of several state laws. Otherwise, the lawsuit says, "Charlottesville will be forced to relive the frightful spectacle of August 12: an invasion of roving paramilitary bands and unaccountable vigilante peacekeepers."

The plaintiffs are being represented by the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown University and regional law firm MichieHamlett. The Charlottesville City Council voted to join the lawsuit in a special session Thursday morning.

"Our community was invaded by private armies on August 12 and lives were lost," local attorney Lee Livingston said in a statement. "As we search for answers and a way forward together, we expect this suit will unify us on at least one thing - a stand against private armies invading the public square - and give our public servants who enforce the law a tool to protect all citizens who gather in public places."

The federal lawsuit takes a different approach, accusing the white nationalists of violating state and federal civil rights laws. It seeks a jury trial and asks for monetary damages and a ban on similar gatherings.

"The aim of this lawsuit is to ensure that nothing like this will happen again at the hands of Defendants — not on the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, and not anywhere else in the United States of America," it says.

White nationalist Richard Spencer, a defendant in the federal lawsuit, told The Associated Press he had just learned of it and didn't have any immediate comment. Attempts to reach a number of other defendants in both cases were not immediately successful.

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AP writer Eric Tucker in Washington contributed to this report.

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