CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — Federal prosecutors in Virginia have charged four California men for “violent actions” during the 2017 Charlottesville white nationalist rally, officials announced on Tuesday.
According to the United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, the four men are alleged to have participated in violence at the torch-lit march at the University of Virginia and at the “Unite The Right” rally.
Prosecutors said in a press release that Benjamin Drake Daley, 25, of Redondo Beach, California, Thomas Walter Gillen, 34, of Redondo Beach, California, Michael Paul Miselis, 29, of Lawndale, California, and Cole Evan White, 24, of Clayton, California have been charged with conspiracy to violate the federal riots statute and one count of violating the federal riots statute.
In a criminal complaint and affidavit, prosecutors say the four men are members or associates of the “Rise Above Movement,” which they described as a Southern California-based white supremacist organization.
“The four defendants traveled to Charlottesville for the August 2017 United the Right Rally with the intent to encourage, promote, incite, participate in, and commit violent acts in furtherance of a riot,” prosecutors said.
Prosecutors allege in the complaint that the four men committed multiple acts of violence against counter-protesters, which in some cases resulted in serious injuries. The complaint also alleges the four men participated in the torch-lit march the night before the rally that culminated in violence against students and counter-protesters at the University of Virginia campus.
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Photo: Rescue personnel help injured people after a car ran into a large group of protesters after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. The nationalists were holding the rally to protest plans by the city of Charlottesville to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. There were several hundred protesters marching in a long line when the car drove into a group of them. Photo by Steve Helber/Associated Press