The consent decrees permanently prohibit these rally organizers and militias, alt-right organizations, and their leaders from participating in Charlottesville protests and rallies as unauthorized organized armed groups using force or projecting the ability to do so. The case was brought on behalf of the City of Charlottesville and a number of small businesses and homeowners’ associations. A state court opinion accepting the plaintiffs’ legal theories advanced under the state constitution, state anti-paramilitary statutes, and common law established important precedent on which other jurisdictions can rely to prevent violence at public protests and rallies.

Filings

  • Obtained court orders against 23 defendants preventing the recurrence of private paramilitary activity in Charlottesville
  • Obtained a ruling allowing Plaintiffs’ amended complaint to proceed to trial on all counts
  • Filed a motion for preliminary injunction to prevent the return of unlawful paramilitaries to Virginia
  • Filed a brief in response to dispositive motions in our suit to prevent the return of unlawful paramilitaries to Virginia
  • Filed an amended complaint in Charlottesville in suit to prevent the return of unlawful paramilitaries to Virginia
  • Filed a lawsuit in Charlottesville invoking Virginia’s anti-militia and anti-paramilitary laws to prevent the return of unlawful private paramilitaries to Virginia

In the News

January 5, 2019 – Mary McCord appears on The Lawfare Podcast to discuss criminalizing domestic terrorism

November 14, 2018 – KATU News Covers ICAP’s Commentary on Portland, Oregon’s Proposed Ordinance to Prevent Violent Clashes at Public Demonstrations

August 10, 2018 – PBS Newshour Covers ICAP’s Efforts to Prevent the Recurrence of Unlawful Paramilitaries in Virginia and to Prevent Unlawful Paramilitary Activity in All 50 States

July 12, 2018 – New York Times Covers the Successful Resolution of ICAP’s Suit to Prevent the Return of Unlawful Paramilitaries to Virginia

July 12, 2018 – Associated Press Covers the Successful Resolution of ICAP’s Suit to Prevent the Return of Unlawful Paramilitaries to Virginia

July 12, 2018 – The Independent Covers the Successful Resolution of ICAP’s Suit to Prevent the Return of Unlawful Paramilitaries to Virginia

July 12, 2018 – Vice News Covers the Successful Resolution of ICAP’s Suit to Prevent the Return of Unlawful Paramilitaries to Virginia

July 12, 2018 – Daily Beast Covers the Successful Resolution of ICAP’s Suit to Prevent the Return of Unlawful Paramilitaries to Virginia

June 12, 2018 – The Intercept Covers ICAP’s Suit to Prevent the Return of Unlawful Paramilitaries to Virginia

March 16, 2018 – Associated Press Covers ICAP’s Settlements to Prevent Coordinated Armed Activity During Rallies and Protests

March 5, 2018 – The Tennessean Covers ICAP’s Work with Tennessee Cities to Prevent Unlawful Private Paramilitary Activity

February 9, 2018 – CityLab Covers ICAP’s Release of Catalog of Tools Available to All 50 States to Prevent Unlawful Private Paramilitary Activity

February 8, 2018 – Rewire Covers ICAP’s Release of Catalog of Tools Available to All 50 States to Prevent Unlawful Private Paramilitary Activity

February 8, 2018 – McClatchy Covers ICAP’s Release of Catalog of Tools Available to All 50 States to Prevent Unlawful Private Paramilitary Activity

October 12, 2017 – CNN Covers ICAP’s Suit to Prevent the Return of Unlawful Paramilitaries to Virginia

October 12, 2017 – Wall Street Journal Covers ICAP’s Suit to Prevent the Return of Unlawful Paramilitaries to Virginia

October 12, 2017 – Washington Post Covers ICAP’s Suit to Prevent the Return of Unlawful Paramilitaries to Virginia

October 12, 2017 – HLN Covers ICAP’s Suit to Prevent the Return of Unlawful Paramilitaries to Virginia

October 12, 2017 – Newsweek Covers ICAP’s Suit to Prevent the Return of Unlawful Paramilitaries to Virginia

October 12, 2017 – Buzzfeed Covers ICAP’s Suit to Prevent the Return of Unlawful Paramilitaries to Virginia

October 12, 2017 – The Hill Covers ICAP’s Suit to Prevent the Return of Unlawful Paramilitaries to Virginia