Nathan Benjamin Damigo, Evan McLaren, and John Paul Struys, three white nationalist leaders of the “Unite the Right” rally that ignited violence (including the terrorist murder of Heather Heyer) in Charlottesville this past August, were just found guilty of a misdemeanor “failure to disperse after an unlawful assembly” charge.
The punishment hardly fits the crime of organizing a hate rally that incited violence and caused death. At least their lawyer, who also represents the ‘weeping Nazi,’ proved unsuccessful in convincing the judge to let them off.
Two of the violent racists were charged a $200 fine and one was charged $100. Their lawyer is filing an appeal.
Their minimal punishment stands in stark contrast to the recent arrest of DeAndre Harris, a 20-year-old black man who was mercilessly beaten by the trio’s minions. His felony “unlawful wounding” charge could result in up to 5 years in prison, even though video and photos of the incident — which occurred next to the Charlottesville police station — shows there is no way that Harris could have attempted to maim his attackers, as the charge suggests.
The racist hypocrisy of our judicial system is only getting worse under Trump and his KKK-sympathizing Attorney General, Jefferson “Jeff” Beauregard Sessions III. Meanwhile, hate crimes and hate speech are on the rise in the racial climate their bigotry has fostered.
A slap on the wrist for leaders of hate rallies — as their victims face more serious charges — only gives further cover to the nationalist movement that is radicalizing American white boys, endangering people of color, and dividing our nation.
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