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Facing lawsuit, more militia groups to avoid Charlottesville

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Three militia groups and their commanding officers who took part in a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville have agreed not to return for any coordinated armed activity in the future.

A law center representing Charlottesville and other plaintiffs who sued the militias and others announced the consent decrees May 16.

Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection says that brings to 11 the number of defendants who have entered into consent decrees resolving claims against them in the lawsuit. The case aims to prevent the type of violence that broke out at the August “Unite the Right” rally from happening again.

Intense street brawling erupted before the event began Aug. 12, and authorities forced the crowd to disband. Later, a car plowed into counterprotesters, killing a woman and injuring dozens.

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