Bill Burke, a victim of the Charlottesville attack, is suing a white nationalist group and its leaders in federal court. Burke was hit by a car driven by James Alex Fields during the “Unite the Right” event in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 17, 2017.

Burke said he suffered a concussion, injuries to his left knee and arm. His eye also swelled shut.


His lawsuit states, “He continues to suffer deep debilitating psychological and emotional distress that prevents him from resuming his former life. The physical injuries he sustained… required and continue to require extensive and expensive medical treatment.”

Aside from Fields, Burke also named Jason Kessler, Richard Spencer, Matthew Heimbach and the website The Daily Stormer, in the suit.

The lawsuit points out, “They are neo-Nazis, Neo-Fascist, Klansmen, white supremacists and white nationalists. They embrace and espouse racist, anti-Semitic, sexist, homophobic, and xenophobic ideologies.”

Fields was found guilty of killing Heather Heyer, who Burkes watched die in the street, in December.

Kessler, an organizer of the “Unite the Right” event, “negligently and recklessly incited, encouraged, and participated in violent attacks,” according to the lawsuit.

Burke is asking for $3 million in compensatory and punitive damages. He also wants a protective order against the organization, which he calls a paramilitary wing of the Ku Klux Klan.

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