Violent Charlottesville White Nationalists Sought by Civil Rights Group 8 Months After Deadly Rally

Eight months after the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia collapsed into chaos in August 2017—one of the nation's leading civil rights organizations is still trying to identify faces from the crowd.

And, in a first, they're crowdsourcing images on social media to track them down.

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Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a non-profit group that has used legal advocacy to uphold "the promise of the civil rights movement," according to their mission statement, for the better part of half of a century now, published a Twitter thread on Monday seeking the identities of men who were allegedly involved in violence that day. All the unidentified men marched among the white nationalists who descended on the city last August, although the alleged incidents of violence are varied.

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In one clip, a heavyset bearded man strikes a counterprotester with what appears to be a pole. Other men are identified by videos of marches, and were involved in the beating of DeAndre Harris, a 20-year-old black man who was attacked in a parking garage that Saturday.

A spokesperson for SPLC told Newsweek that the campaign was inspired by the efforts of Shaun King, a civil rights activist who now writes for the The Intercept. King crowdsourced his large social media following, asking for help in identifying the men involved in the attack on Harris. The beating of Harris spawned one of the many prominent subplots of what happened in Charlottesville.

Video and images of the attack, which showed men kicking Harris to the ground and whaling on his body with sticks, went viral. Four men, Jacob Scott Goodwin of Arkansas, Daniel Borden of Ohio, Alex Michael Ramos of Georgia, and Tyler Watkins Davis of Florida all await trial for the beating, but others who were involved remain at large, SPLC noted.

SPLC said that tips have already started to come in regarding the unidentified men, and will eventually be turned over to law enforcement.

In March, Harris was acquitted on a misdemeanor charge of assault and battery against Harold Crews, the North Carolina chairman of the white nationalist group League of the South. Goodwin, Borden, Ramos, and Watkins are expected to face trial later this spring.

Eight months after the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, some white nationalists who allegedly engaged in violence have not been identified. REUTERS/JOSHUA ROBERTS
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