Four members of alleged hate group charged for role in 2017 Charlottesville rally
WASHINGTON — Four California men — all alleged members of an organized hate group — were charged Tuesday with violating a federal rioting law during the violent 2017 white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., authorities said.
The US attorney’s office in Charlottesville described the suspects as members of Rise Above Movement, a militant racist and anti-Semitic group based in California. The four were arrested by FBI agents in California early Tuesday and charged with one count each of violating the rioting statute and conspiring to violate it.
The suspects were identified as Benjamin D. Daley, 25, of Redondo Beach; Thomas W. Gillen, 34, of Redondo Beach; Michael P. Miselis, 29, of Lawndale; and Cole E. White, 34, of Clayton.
Authorities said in a statement the four men traveled to Charlottesville ‘‘with the intent to . . . commit violent acts in furtherance of a riot.’’
The Aug. 12, 2017 rally — dubbed ‘‘Unite the Right’’ by organizers — descended into a day-long scene of violent clashes involving hundreds of white supremacists and counterprotesters. The mayhem riveted the nation’s attention on the emboldened subculture of ethnonationalists in the United States.