More than a year after the deadly white nationalist gathering in Charlottesville, federal authorities have indicted four Californian militants — including one in Berkeley.
Michael Paul Miselis, Benjamin Drake Daly, Thomas Walter Gillen, and Cole Evan White were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot and traveling to do so at the deadly 2017 Unite the Right rally on Aug. 11 and Aug. 12. The four men are identified as belonging to the Southern California-based Rise Above Movement, a white supremacist group that trains to fight in public parks, according to an affidavit unsealed Tuesday.
The men are in custody and face up to 10 years in prison, though U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen said defendants often receive less than the maximum.
White, 24, worked at hot dog chain Top Dog in Berkeley until a Twitter campaign to identify attackers in Charlottesville, Virginia revealed his connection to white supremacy. He voluntarily resigned, KQED reported, and is due in court on Wednesday.
The four men allegedly came ready for “street battle” by head-butting, punching, kicking, assaulting a black man, two women, and one minister. They also took part in other rallies in Berkeley, Huntington Beach, and other places.
Separately, 21-year-old Nazi sympathizer James Fields is facing state murder charges for the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
Though President Donald Trump said there was blame to go around “on both sides,” the 2017 gathering was seen as inflicting damage to the growing alt-right movement. Its bigger personalities and organizers face lawsuits, bans, and funding losses and hardly any white nationalists came out for the 2018 follow up in Washington D.C.