Judge Dismisses 9 Cases Connected to KKK Group's Justice Park Rally
A Charlottesville judge is letting nine people go free after they were charged in connection to protests in Justice Park back in July.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A judge is letting nine people go free after they were charged in connection to protests in a Charlottesville park back in July.
Charlottesville General District court took up more than a dozen cases related to rally by the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan on Monday, October 30. The KKK group had secured a permit to hold a rally in Justice Park, which has a statue of Confederate General Thomas Johnathan "Stonewall" Jackson, for one hour on July 8.
A group of protesters were charged with trying to prevent the roughly 50 KKK members and supporters from entering the park. Police arrested 22 people, mostly on misdemeanor charges. Monday, the judge dismissed nine of those cases :
- Cameron Stroud Bills - obstructing free passage
- Kendall Jennifer Bills - obstructing free passage
- Jo Zenobia Donahue - obstructing free passage
- John Randall Neavear - obstructing free passage
- Nicolas Roy Mccarthy-Rivera - obstructing free passage
- Jeanne Marie Peterson - obstructing free passage
- Sara M. Tansey - obstructing free passage
- Evan Viglietta - obstructing free passage
- Whitney Renee Whitting - obstructing free passage
Morgan Katherine Niles and Erika Jenna Ries were both found guilty of obstruction of justice, and were sentenced to 40 hours of community service.
Three cases were continued to a later date:
- Jarrell Jones, charged with assault and battery, will be back in court on March 5.
- Rashaa Langston, charged with failing to disperse in a riot, is set for March 5.
- Tracye Gene Redd, charged with obstruction of justice, is scheduled for December 1.
Kandace Baker was found not guilty of obstruction of justice following a brief trial Monday.