Unite the Right Rally Organizer Jason Kessler Files Another Federal Lawsuit Against Charlottesville
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Unite the Right Rally organizer, Jason Kessler has filed another federal lawsuit against the city of Charlottesville alleging his freedom of speech was violated in August 2017.
On Monday, August 12, Kessler filed a lawsuit in federal court against the city, former Police Chief Al Thomas, former city manager Maurice Jones, current city manager Tarron Richardson, and a Virginia State Police lieutenant.
Kessler claims his First Amendment rights were directly violated in some capacity by the city and each of these individuals, except Richardson. Richardson is named in the suit, "due to the misconduct of his predecessor."
Court filings show Kessler believes the city and law enforcement did not do enough to prevent counter-protestors from breaking up his rally. This is the second federal suit Kessler has brought against the city. The first claimed not only his First but also Fourteenth Amendment rights were violated. He dropped that suit back in February.
In this re-filed suit, Kessler is joined by David Matthew Parrott as a plaintiff. Parrott, along with Kessler, is being sued in federal court by victims of the August 12, 2017 violence.