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Could Charlottesville Find a Model for Keeping White Supremacist Rallies Out?

Two new lawsuits argue white supremacists should be banned from the city.
An armed white supremacist stands in front of a crowd of counter protesters in Charlottesville on August 12.
An armed white supremacist stands in front of a crowd of counter protesters in Charlottesville on August 12. Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Exactly two months ago, the Ku Klux Klan, Alt-Right, Neo-Nazis, and private militia descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, for the “Unite the Right”rally. Many of the attendees, photos and videos show, carried heavy assault rifles, handguns, and shields—equipment that Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe later told The New York Times was better than that the state police had. Inevitably, violence broke out. One white nationalist fired a gun at counter protesters, while police looked on. Another Nazi-sympathizer rammed his car into a crowd, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring several others.

On Thursday, the city of Charlottesville sued.