Unite The Right Rally Planners Found Liable For More Than $26M In Damages

In Summary

Organizers of the fatal Charlottesville Unite the Right Rally have been found liable for injuries residents and protestors sustained after a jury heard a civil suit against them.  

White nationalists who organized and participated in the 2017 Unite the Right Rally have been found liable for more than $26 million in damages.  

According to CNN, a federal lawsuit alleged the violence at the rally on Aug. 11 and Aug. 12 of 2017 was planned. The purpose of the civil trial was to examine those claims.  

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Town residents and counterprotesters who sustained injuries were listed as the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, alleging organizers participated in a conspiracy. Ten people, including college students, were seeking damages for physical and emotional injuries sustained by the violence.  

During the rally, white supremacists and nationalists gathered to promote their ideals. Videos of the rally showed them chanting racial slander and Nazi propaganda.   

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According to The Hill, the jury could not reach a verdict on whether the organizers conspired to commit the racially motivated violence or if they knew of such a conspiracy and did not stop it. Jurors only found the main organizers liable under state law for injuries of counterprotesters, The New York Times reported.  

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Attorneys for the plaintiffs, Roberta Kaplan and Karen Dunn, said, “We are thrilled that the jury has delivered a verdict in favor of our plaintiffs, finally giving them the justice they deserve after the horrific weekend of violence and intimidation in August 2017. Today’s verdict sends a loud and clear message that facts matter, the law matters, and that the laws of this country will not tolerate the use of violence to deprive racial and religious minorities of the basic right we all share to live as free and equal citizens.” 

If you or someone you know is struggling from trauma triggered by this story, resources are available here.  

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