Judge dismisses lawsuit by Charlottesville rally organizer

Posted at 7:24 PM, Feb 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-22 19:24:19-05

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the leader of a white nationalist rally that ended in violence in Charlottesville.

Jason Kessler argued that police and city officials violated his free speech rights by effectuating a "heckler's veto" on the 2017 rally.

Kessler claimed the defendants knew of plans by leftist "Antifa" activists to disrupt the rally, then used the ensuing chaos and violence as an excuse to shut it down.

The judge ruled Friday that the defendants did not violate Kessler's constitutional rights.