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Mass Shootings Strengthen Backers's Resolve In Charlottesville Lawsuit

Photo from Unite the Right Rally
August 12, 2017 rally in Charlottesville. (Photo: Hawes Spencer/VPM)

The backers of the federal lawsuit against the leaders of 2017's deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville say that recent massacres bolster their resolve to break up online networks that foster hate. Hawes Spencer has this report.


Hawes Spencer: Amy Spitalnick, Executive Director of Integrity First for America, has a word for massacres.

Amy Spitalnick: This is terrorism, and we need to be investing in combating domestic terrorism in the same way that we're combating international terrorism.

Spencer: Her group's lawsuit focuses on people and groups that it claims conspired to commit violence in CharlottesvilleBut one of the defendants in the lawsuit, self-professed racist Christopher Cantwell, claims that unfettered free speech eases tensions.

Christopher Cantwell: If we can't have these discussions openly and honestly, then violence will ensue.

Spencer: The major social media platforms have already banned Cantwell, and this lawsuit aims to further disrupt him and other white nationalists.

In Charlottesville, Hawes Spencer for VPM News.

*This story's been updated to clarify that Integrity First says their lawsuit doesn't target websites, but focuses on the people and organizations that it claims conspired to commit violence in Charlottesville.

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