After hundreds of photos and videos emerged on social media of Charlottesville police appearing to “stand down” amid violence from white supremacists in the infamous August 12th rally, Nexus Caridades, a law group from Virginia, has filed a lawsuit against the Charlottesville police, the city of Charlottesville, and the superintendent of the Virginia State Police.
The pro-bono legal group is citing injuries sustained by plaintiff Robert Sanchez Turner because of the police “standing down” and failing to intervene when white supremacists attacked counterprotestors at the rally. The lawsuit claims that “federal authorities had warned Virginia law enforcement of potential violence at the rally, citing previous clashes between white supremacist groups and anti-fascist “antifa” protesters,” according to The Hill.
“Mr. Turner was assaulted while police officers watched but failed to act to keep him safe or arrest those responsible for the attacks,” said Jen Little, the organization’s public relations director.”
“As reported by Mr. Turner and confirmed by footage from dozens of media cameras and hundreds of handheld cameras and phones, police stood down. This stand-down enabled neo-Nazis to inflict a modern-day race war in the streets of Charlottesville,” she added.
Trump, for his part, added fuel to the fire when he blamed the violence on “both sides” after a deranged neo-Nazi plowed his vehicle into a group of counter protestors, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
While the abhorrent hate groups may have enjoyed momentary immunity in Virginia, both the police and the neo-Nazis they defended are going to face the justice that they denied to Heather Heyer and many others who were intimidated, harassed or injured at the hands of the vile white supremacists in Charlottesville.
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Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.