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Lawsuit to Argue Charlottesville, Police Failed to Protect Man During Rally

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Violence from events in Charlottesville on August 12 is prompting a lawsuit against the city and law enforcement leaders.

Nexus Caridades Attorneys Inc. announced on Thursday, August 31, that it will be filing Robert Sanchez Turner's lawsuit against the city, Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas, and the Virginia State Police Superintendent Colonel W. Steven Flaherty.

The plaintiff's suit argues that Charlottesville failed to keep people safe the day of Jason Kessler’s Unite the Right rally at Emancipation Park, which saw skirmishes between people associated with white supremacists, neo-Nazi groups, antifa, Black Lives Matter, and other organizations.

Turner claims he was assaulted by white supremacist and neo-Nazi protesters during the rally, and that police failed to step in to help or to make arrests.

Nexus Caridades Attorneys Inc., Nexus Services Inc. CEO Mike Donovan, and Turner all plan to discuss the lawsuit during a news conference at 11 a.m. Friday, September 1, in Emancipation Park.

08/31/2017 Release from Nexus Services, Inc.:

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Nexus Caridades Attorneys, Inc. will announce litigation against the City of Charlottesville, the City Chief of Police, and the Superintendent of the Virginia State Police. The litigation centers around the events of August 12, the white supremacist and neo-Nazi demonstrations, assaults, riots, and the injury of Robert Sanchez Turner.

Mr. Turner was assaulted while police officers watched but failed to act to keep him safe or arrest those responsible for the attacks.

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, VA. The police and the city had a duty to act, and they failed to keep the people safe on August 12.

The news conference will take place on Friday, September 1, at 11:00 a.m., at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia at the Lee Statue.

Robert Turner, the plaintiff, in this case, was assaulted by white supremacist and neo-Nazi protesters while police stood watch, but did nothing to protect him. Mr. Turner has constitutional rights, and the City of Charlottesville and the police leadership failed him and countless others when they stood down and allowed racists and violent extremists to run amok in the city.

The suit is being filed by Nexus Caridades Attorneys, Inc. on behalf of Mr. Turner. Nexus Caridades Attorneys, Inc. is one of the largest providers of pro bono legal services in the country. Nexus Caridades, Inc. is committed to standing up for victims of abuse by government agencies and officials. http://www.nexuscaridades.com/

Nexus Services, Inc. is a leading provider of immigrant bail securitization and electronic monitoring. The organization funds Nexus Caridades Attorneys, Inc. as part of its corporate giving and in an effort to increase access to justice for disadvantaged people across the United States. http://www.nexushelps.com/