White Nationalist Agrees to Discourage Paramilitary Activity

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An organizer of a white nationalist rally that erupted in violence in Virginia last summer has agreed to "actively discourage" armed paramilitary activity at any future rallies in Charlottesville, under an agreement filed in court Thursday. The consent decree signed by Jason Kessler resolves a lawsuit brought on behalf of the city and others after a woman was killed and dozens were injured at the Aug. 12 "Unite the Right" rally. Kessler was the last defendant in the case to sign a consent decree. Nineteen others signed similar agreements earlier, said Mary McCord, senior litigator at Georgetown University’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of the city, neighborhood groups and businesses in Charlottesville. McCord said the agreements prohibit Kessler and others from participating in Charlottesville protests and rallies as "unauthorized organized armed groups using force or projecting the ability to do so." "The hope is that the defendants who’ve entered these consent decrees will be concerned enough about not violating them that they will either not come back at all, or if they do come back, they’ll come back without any weapons, and certainly, they won’t band together to use their weapons in an organized use of force," McCord said. The Aug. 12 rally was held to protest the planned removal of a statute of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The event drew hundreds of white nationalists and hundreds of counterprotesters to Charlottesville. The two sides began brawling in […]

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