Jason Kessler harassed on Downtown Mall by SURJ

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- Charlottesville's Downtown Mall filled with protesters late Thursday night after a Facebook post urged followers to yell at Alt-right supporter and alleged white nationalist Jason Kessler, who was eating dinner at Miller's.

The protest was organized by Standing Up for Racial Justice Charlottesville. (SURJ) Witnesses on both sides say the chanting started after Kessler paid his bill and started to leave the outdoor seating area. Chants such as "Nazi's Go Home" and "No Racists, No Nazi's, No KKK Members in the USA" were shouted at Kessler and his friends as they started to shout back.

Kessler pulled out his phone and started streaming on Facebook Live.

The Charlottesville Police Department was eventually called once more than 25 people surrounded the group of Kessler supporters.

SURJ members say that they weren't only protesting Kessler and white nationalism, but also Miller's for openly serving a white nationalist supporter.

"I just don't know how this isn't assault," said Kessler, after making his way to leave the restaurant.

Police held Charlottesville Commonwealth's Attorney candidate Jeff Fogel for allegedly assaulting one of Kessler's friends while they were yelling at each other. They later went to his house and arrested him for it.

The confrontation can be seen on Kessler's Facebook live video, as well as in CBS19's wrap-up video at the top of the page.

Fogel was released within 30 minutes of being detained. He says police refused to let him see the video officials claim proves he assaulted someone.

The entire confrontation between SURJ members and Kessler supporters lasted less than 90 minutes.

Miller's made no official comment on why they served Kessler, but the restaurant did ban Kessler for life.



 
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