4 White Supremacist Group Members Federally Charged For Traveling To Riot

Rise Above Movement members Cole White, Benjamin Daley, Thomas Gillen, and Michael Miselis were arrested on Tuesday.

Charlottesville, VA – Four members of a Californian white supremacist group have been arrested on allegations that they traveled to Charlottesville in 2017 to incite a riot that left one woman dead and dozens injured.

According to a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) affidavit, the four men are members of the Rise Above Movement (RAM).

According to the ADL, R.A.M. consists of several dozen loosely affiliated neo-Nazis and racist skinheads who were formerly known as DIY Division, but rebranded themselves as the Rise Above Movement in the spring of 2017.

"This is a group that essentially subscribes to an anti-Semitic, racist ideology, and then organizes, trains, and deploys to various political rallies, not only to espouse this particular ideology but also to engage in acts of violence against folks who are taking a contrary point of view," U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen said during a Charlottesville news conference, according to the Associated Press.

Cole White, 24, Benjamin Daley, 25, Thomas Gillen, 34, and Michael Miselis, 29, were all arrested early Tuesday morning, and have each been charged with conspiracy to riot and traveling to incite riots, Cullen said.

They face a maximum of 10 years in prison if convicted.

According to the FBI affidavit, the four men were “among the most violent individuals present” during the August 2017 rallies at the University of Virginia campus and the downtown Charlottesville area.

Investigators said they have video and photo evidence that showed the men attacking counterprotesters, “which in some cases resulted in serious injuries,” the Associated Press reported.

They have also been accused of carrying out “acts of violence” during other rallies, including Berkeley and Huntington Beach, according to the FBI.

“This wasn’t in our view the lawful exercise of First Amendment rights,” Cullen said, according to ProPublica. “These guys came to Charlottesville to commit violent acts, and this wasn’t the first time they’ve done it.”

The clashes between violent hate groups and violent antifa counter-protesters at Charlottesville's Emancipation Park on Aug. 12 and 13 ultimately left one dead and dozens injured, Vice News reported.

Unlike many "patriot" rallies that are falsely labeled as racist, the attendees of the Unite the Right rally were actually predominately self-professed racists and included numerous white supremacist groups.

Heather Heyer was with a group of antifa blocking traffic in the middle of the day when a car appeared to intentionally ram into the crowd, killing her.

Neo-Nazi James Fields was arrested for Heyer’s death, and faces approximately 30 federal charges in relation to her murder and the injuries sustained by over two dozen others.

A Virginia State Police helicopter that was monitoring the rally also crashed, killing two state troopers, according to the Associated Press.

During the chaos, the men allegedly assaulted multiple people, including an African-American man, a minister wearing a clerical collar, and two women, Cullen said.

According to ProPublica, Miselis was a University of California, Los Angeles doctoral student, and had a U.S. government security clearance to work for defense contractor Northrop Gruman. He has since been fired by the company.

RAM, which is based in southern California, had an estimated 50 members in 2017, ProPublica reported.

Many of the group’s members have served time in jail or prison for violent offenses including robbery, assault, and weapon-related crimes.

“We’re not finished,” Cullen said on Tuesday, according to ProPublica. “We’re going to continue these investigations until we reach a point where we’re satisfied that our federal interests have been vindicated.”

Comments (17)
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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Good. Continue cleaning them out of California.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

I doubt moonbeam would allow them to be extradited out of California since he doesn’t like to follow federal law. This guys will just claim to be illegal aliens and Jerry will claim sanctuary status for them .

Mrs10
Mrs10

Ok so these guys are absolutely despicable and don't even deserve the title of "human" and I'm glad they are being prosecuted.

But what about the Antifa morons who do the exact same things? Why can't they be charged with conspiracy to riot? When describing the neo Nazis US Attorney Cullen talks about the them organizing, training, traveling to a site to "engage in acts of violence against folks who are taking a contrary point of view." Isn't that the very definition of what Antifa does?

He also goes on to stare, correctly, that the First Amendment doesn't cover groups who do this. I couldn't agree more. Lock up the @sshole neo Nazis and Antifa as well!

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

it's a start..... I hope they end up with maximum sentences and that more will be arrested for this type of behavior.

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

Great start but it's only a start. Now go after Antifa,then grab every house and senate member who have also been inciting these riots including Obama and Hillary. Lets make this fair.Maxine Waters constantly calls for violence. Go after members of the ACLU, and all of the other alphabet groups.. Lets do this right.

Blue Ocean1
Blue Ocean1

Only problem here is that Antifa is leftist Democrat supported.. Bet you don't see a single one of them ever arrested and prosecuted. RAM has 50 members and how many does Antifa have??? Lets put them all in an arena and have a "Purge" event!

CraigTee-RetiredSD
CraigTee-RetiredSD

yeah.... because LE just loves liberals, right? sheeesh....

AnnieFoxe
AnnieFoxe

Wait...she was part of ANTIFA? I didn't know that! They are always "traveling" to incite violence and do violence, yet NOTHING ever happens to them by the law!!!