On Aug. 15, 2017, The Miller Firm filed a lawsuit against the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who incited violence at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville Aug. 12. This event, and the torch-lit-march the night before, were rallies carefully planned for and by neo-Nazi and white-supremacy leaders, which were characterized by white supremacist chants, symbols and heavily armed participants.
The protests centered on Charlottesville’s plan to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee but were also advertised and celebrated online as a time for white nationalists to congregate and show their strength. The white supremacists have promoted and celebrated violence before, during and after the event in a wide variety of forms and forums. The rally was deemed unlawful when violence broke out between the protestors and counter-protestors before noon Saturday the 12.
The $3 million suit was filed on behalf of sisters Tadrint and Micah Washington. They were driving home Saturday afternoon when a participant in the white supremacy rally rammed his car into theirs and into a crowd of pedestrian counter-protestors surrounding them. James Alex Fields, Jr. of Maumee, Ohio has been charged with the second-degree murder of counter-protestor Heather Heyer, who was killed in the collision. Nineteen other counter-protestors were also injured, as well as the plaintiffs Tadrint and Micah.
Along with Fields, the suit names Jason Kessler, the rally organizer, and invited speaker Richard Spencer, a leader of the so-called “alt-right,” a contemporary white nationalist movement, along with multiple other right-wing and neo-Nazi groups.
Tadrint, 27, who recently completed EMT training, and Micah, 20, a hospitality manager, have been greatly traumatized by the attack, in which bodies flew over their car. They explained to The New York Times “the force of the impact signaled to them that he had his foot firmly on the gas pedal” (nytimes.com). Tadrint, who has expressed gratitude for the counter-protestors, said of the Unite the Right protestors, “They didn’t come here for peace.”
“People actually came here to harm us,” said her sister Micah.
The Miller Firm has extensive experience holding those who perpetrate, incite and fund violent terrorism responsible. “A lot of the same legal principles will translate,” Miller Firm attorney Jeff Travers told The Washington Post (washingtonpost.com).
The Miller Firm compared the events to 1930s Germany when speaking with The Washington Post, expressing, “We want the people who incited this catastrophe to sit in a courtroom and face a jury of normal Charlottesville citizens.”
The Miller Firm is presently accepting clients who were injured either physically or emotionally by violence incited by the organizers and attendees of the Unite-the-Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. If this has happened to you, please visit our website to request a free consultation. You also can call the Miller Firm at 1-800-882-2525 and ask for Jeffrey Travers or David Dickens.