Jury awards $26 million in US rally violence trial

A US federal jury has ordered the organizers of a 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and others to pay about 26 million dollars in damages to nine people injured during the rally.

A self-described white supremacist drove his car into a crowd of people protesting the rally, killing one person and injuring more than 30 people. The man is serving life in prison.

Nine plaintiffs filed a civil lawsuit against the man and others who organized and participated in the rally.

The verdict, issued on Tuesday, found that the defendants are liable for physical and emotional injuries suffered by the plaintiffs. It also found that there was racially motivated violence.

Jurors could not agree on two other claims that the defendants engaged in a conspiracy to commit racially motivated violence, and that they knew about the conspiracy but failed to stop it from being carried out.

The so-called "Unite the Right rally" has gathered attention as it was regarded as a symbol of national divide. Shortly after the incident, then-President Donald Trump was criticized for saying that there were "fine people on both sides."