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Lawsuit filed against Charlottesville, state police leader

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A Virginia man is suing the city of Charlottesville, its police chief and the Virginia State Police superintendent over their response to a white nationalist rally that descended into violence.

Nexus Caridades Attorneys Inc. filed a complaint Thursday in federal court on behalf of Robert Sanchez Turner. The complaint says Turner was at the rally Aug. 12 to peacefully protest.

It says Turner was approached by “KKK members/sympathizers,” who sprayed him with mace and beat him with a stick. According to the complaint, Charlottesville police and state troopers nearby watched the attack but did not intervene or arrest the assailants.

A state police spokeswoman says she can’t comment on pending litigation. Charlottesville City Attorney Craig Brown declined to comment, as did a police spokesman.

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