4 alleged CA white supremacists arrested over Charlottesville clashes

Four men identified by federal prosecutors as members of a Southern California-based "militant white supremacist organization" were arrested today in connection with violent clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters last year in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Benjamin Drake Daley, 25, of Redondo Beach; Michael Paul Miselis, 29, of Lawndale; Thomas Walter Gillen, 34, of Redondo Beach; and Cole Evan White, 24, of Clayton, California, are allegedly members of a group known as the Rise Above Movement.

The feds say this was definitely not a group of people expressing their first amendment rights to protest. Instead, the criminal complaint filed against four South Bay men claim they specifically traveled to Charlotesville VA a year ago to ''incite a riot and commit violence'' and for that they will be prosecuted and possibly sent to prison for 10 years.

This is the same group of right wing white supremacists, apparently based in So Cal and called 'RAM' for the 'rise above movement' who drew crowds of counter protestors to Charlottesville, one of whom was run over and killed in that infamous video of a Dodge Challenger plowing through a crowd.

The man driving that car is awaiting trial on a murder charge and numerous hate crimes. You remember the controversy was fueled by certain comments from the President.

As for today's arrests, it's not clear why it took more than a year to move forward, but it did. The feds also say they may not be done with this case.