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Friday, September 01, 2017

REPORT: Charlottesville, VA Police To Be Sued Over Alleged ‘Stand Down’ Order at Charlottesville Rally


From the Daily Progress:
A Verona-based law group is planning to file a lawsuit against Charlottesville, its police chief and the Virginia State Police for not protecting citizens in the Aug. 12 white nationalist rally that erupted into violence and chaos. 
Officials with Nexus Caridades Attorneys say they will sue city and state officials for “standing down” and not intervening in the violence, during which their client, Robert Sanchez Turner was injured. 
Attorneys did not specify in which the court the lawsuit would be filed. State and federal laws allows civil rights cases to be filed in either local courts or U.S. District Court, according to state law. 
The organization will officially announce the lawsuit at an 11 a.m. news conference on Friday in Emancipation Park, the site of the rally. 
“Mr. Turner was assaulted while police officers watched but failed to act to keep him safe or arrest those responsible for the attacks,” Jen Little, public relations director for the organization, wrote in an email. 
“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,” Little wrote.
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