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Athens Man Sues After Being Injured In Charlottesville Protest

May 21, 2019

Bill Burke with his wife and daughter
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An Athens man is suing white supremacists and neo-Nazi protesters in federal court, saying he was severely injured during their rally in Charlottesville, Virginia two years ago. 

Bill Burke says he was struck by the car driven by James Fields Junior of Maumee, which also killed counterprotester Heather Heyer during the August 2017 protest. Fields was convicted of murder and other charges in state court, and pleaded guilty last month to federal hate crimes. He is awaiting sentencing. Burke says  his injuries still require medical treatment and may be permanent, and he has experienced "severe psychological and emotional suffering." The lawsuit names multiple defendants, including Fields, David Duke and Jason Kessler.