Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Charlottesville Over Rally Response

on August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Charlottesville, its former police chief and the former Virginia State Police superintendent over their response to a white nationalist rally that descended into violence.

A Verona-based law firm sued after the Aug. 12 rally on behalf of Robert Sanchez Turner, who said he attended to peacefully protest.

The lawsuit said police and state troopers watched nearby but didn’t intervene as Turner was approached by “KKK members/sympathizers,” who sprayed him with mace and beat him.

The judge wrote in an opinion Tuesday that there was no constitutional right supporting Turner’s claims against Al Thomas or Stephen Flaherty, the police chief and superintendent at the time. The judge dismissed a claim against the city as well.

Attorneys for Turner couldn’t immediately be reached.

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