CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia – Jurors said on Tuesday that the main organizers of the murderous right-wing rally in Charlottesville, Va. In 2017 were responsible under state law for injuries inflicted on counter-protesters, awarding more than 25 million dollars in damages. But the jury got stuck on the federal conspiracy charges.
The case in Charlottesville U.S. District Court was brought by nine plaintiffs, four men and five women, including four people injured in the same car bombing that killed counter-protester Heather Heyer, 32.
In addition to their physical injuries from the accident, including three concussions and a fractured skull, the complainants testified that they suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, including insomnia, inability to concentrate, flashbacks and panic attacks.
All were seeking compensatory and unspecified punitive damages, including payment for medical bills as well as $ 3 million to $ 10 million for pain and suffering depending on the degree of their injuries.
They said that in addition to holding the march organizers accountable for the violence, they hoped to deter hate groups from wearing similar toxic glasses in the future.
The defendants, 10 individuals and 14 organizations, were a mix of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and white supremacists who used the rally in Charlottesville to mobilize supporters and show they were a force on the streets, not just on the internet.
This developing story will be updated.