On Friday, a federal judge awarded over the sum of $700,000 to an ex-student government president of the American University who had accused that the founder of one renowned new-Nazi site had asked his supporters to scare her by initiating racist messages online.
Taylor Dumpson, who is the first ever black woman to serve as the American University’s student government president, had sued Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin in 2017, alleging that he began a racist troll against her which threatened her for her living and distorted her ability to study.
As Anglin and a man named Brian Andrew Ade, who posted racist messages online, failed to reply back to Dumpson’s lodged complaint, the federal court took the decision of granting Dumpson with a default judgement. Judge Rosemary Collyer of the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled out for the accused to pay over $101,000 in the form of compensatory damages, $124,000 as attorney’s fees and $500,000 as punitive damages.
As per Kristen Clarke, the President & Executive Director of the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the decision of the federal judge on Friday might be the first sign of a court ruling out that a racist trolling act could interfere with a person’s equal access to public accommodation.