Prominent white supremacists found liable in 2017 “Unite the Right” rally

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A federal jury in Charlottesville, Virginia found prominent white supremacists Richard Spencer, Jason Kessler and Christopher Cantwell and others liable for civil conspiracy at a 2017 “Unite the Right” rally, AP. reports,

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why it matters: The verdict came after a nearly month-long trial and more than $25 million was awarded to nine people injured in the violent protests.

  • The jury has yet to decide on the federal conspiracy charges the alleged conspirators are facing. Washington Post notes.

Catch up quickly: In August 2017, hundreds of white nationalists gathered in Charlottesville to protest the city’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

  • Thousands of people waved torches on the University of Virginia campus and marched with slogans such as “Jews will not take our place”.
  • Anti-fascists, Black Lives Matter activists and other groups staged retaliatory protests during the rally, and several fights broke out later.
  • Violence escalated when a 20-year-old man drove his car through a crowd of protesters, killing a woman and injuring several others.
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go in: Understanding the Charlottesville Chaos

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