The Unite the Right rally at Emancipation Park (FILE IMAGE)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -
Three people were found guilty on failure to disperse charges in connection with the Unite the Right rally on Friday.
A Charlottesville general district judge heard arguments about what played out at the Unite the Right rally in Emancipation Park on August 12.
Nathan Damigo, Evan McLaren, and John Paul Struys faced misdemeanor charges of failure to disperse. Police say they did not leave the park when officers told them to disperse during the rally.
The three were just a few arrested for failing to disperse once an unlawful assembly declaration was made. Four officers and state troopers testified and explained why an unlawful assembly was declared that day.
The defense argued that there was no need to declare an unlawful assembly in the park - but rather in just the streets that surrounded the park where counterprotestors gathered.
The commonwealth said the whole area needed to be cleared.
Damingo, McLaren, and Struys, along with other officers and rally organizer Jason Kessler, all testified.
All three face fines involved with the process. McLaren faces a $100 fine, and Damigo and Struys face $200 fines.
The three men are now appealing the verdict. Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Nina Antony says the case will now go to circuit court.
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