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Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s Statement On DOJ’s Federal Hate Crime Charge Against Suspect Of “Unite the Right” Rally Car Attack

For Immediate Release June 27, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 27, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, issued the following statement following news that a federal grand jury in Virginia indicted the suspect behind last summer’s deadly vehicle incident in Charlottesville, Virginia on federal hate crime charges:

“Silence on the part of Attorney General Jeff Sessions was simply not an option as the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally stands as one of the most violent hate rallies to be carried out in this country in recent time. We are pleased with the federal indictment secured today. While we credit this Justice Department for its recent work to address some of the ugliest and deadliest incidents of hate, we know that more must be done to fully confront the growing hate crime crisis we are seeing across the country. Hate crimes continue to proliferate in virtually every corner of our country. We will continue to hold this Justice Department accountable when it comes to protecting victims of hate in this country, including those targeted at rallies, inside our schools, at the workplace and beyond.”

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a Communities Against Hate partner, leads the Stop Hate Project.  The Stop Hate Project works to strengthen the capacity of community leaders, local government, law enforcement, and organizations around the country to combat hate by connecting these groups with legal and social services resources and creating new ones in response to identified needs.  The Project’s resource and reporting hotline for hate incidents, 1-844-9-NO-HATE (1-844-966-4283), connects people and organizations combating hate with the resources and support they need.

 

About The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Lawyers' Committee, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The Lawyers' Committee celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 as it continued its quest of "Moving America Toward Justice." The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and fair lending, community development, employment, voting, education and environmental justice.

For more information about the Lawyers' Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

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