"The events of Charlottesville require any judge, any police chief and any legal group to look at the facts of any white-supremacy protests with a much finer comb", Romero told the Journal.
Officials declared a state of emergency before the rally could get underway but the gathering turned deadly after 20-year-old OH man James Alex Fields Jr. allegedly plowed his vehicle into a group of counterprotesters, killing Heather Heyer, 32, and injuring scores more.
The civil rights group will now screen its clients more closely and won't represent groups who protest while carrying firearms, the executive director told The Wall Street Journal Thursday.
When the ACLU defended the Ku Klux Klan's right to protest in a Chicago neighborhood of Holocaust survivors in the 1970s, the legal group lost 30,000 members.
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The city Medical Examiner will perform additional testing, including toxicology tests, to determine how she died. Police were withholding the name of the 27-year-old woman pending family notification.
"We were unfortunately sued by the ACLU". A number of them carried weapons, according to witnesses and video.
"The ACLU has been representing the free speech rights of neo-Nazis and other white supremacist groups (along with communists, Muslims, war protesters, and the full spectrum of marginalized minorities and leftists) for many decades", journalist and constitutional lawyer Glenn Greenwald noted in a recent column for The Intercept.
As the organization's ranks have swelled-in many cases with people opposed to the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump-and left-wing views on zero-tolerance anti-fascist tactics gain a greater hearing, this is likely to be just the start of a long wrestle within the ACLU on the boundaries between defending free speech and endangering more vulnerable groups.
Romero said gun-toting protesters can suppress speech by intimidation, and noted that the group's national board had adopted a policy in 2015 supporting reasonable regulation of firearms. "But not people who want to carry weapons and are intent on committing violence", ACLU spokeswoman Stacy Sullivan said in a telephone interview.
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