WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The man who plowed his truck to protesters admitted that he’s a leader of a white supremacist group.
- While no one was seriously injured, the man was charged with multiple cases, including assault and battery.
- Nationwide protests have ignited following the killing of George Floyd on May 25 under the hands of Minneapolis arresting officers.
A man from Virginia has reportedly smashed his truck into a group of nonviolent protesters this weekend.
Officials said on Monday that the man has admitted being a leader of the Ku Klux Klan, a white supremacist hate group that mainly targets African Americans.
According to a report by NBC partner WWBT, Henrico Commonwealth Attorney Shannon Taylor said the man was identified as Harry Rogers, a 36-year-old extremist of Confederate dogma. Taylor added that the finding was based on the man’s social media postings as well as the statement he gave to the authorities, admitting that he was a leader of the said white supremacist group.
Authorities charged Rogers with battery, assault, felony vandalism, and attempted malicious wounding on an incident that happened on Sunday evening in the north part of downtown Richmond.
Taylor added that authorities are also probing if hate crime charges should also be filed against Rogers.
The attorney reported that Rogers was reportedly driving at mid-speed when he suddenly revved up and crashed into the protesters, noting that a person who got wounded did not appear to have severe injuries after the incident.
Taylor further noted that she joined in a different rally for fairness and justice that day, saying that demonstrators are mostly in peace, following limitations with assembly rights provided by the constitution.
She also cited a similar incident on Charlottesville in 2017, and the attorney vowed the appalling criminal act would be punished.
During a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, a woman died while 19 other people were injured after a car wrought into the crowd. James Fields, the car’s driver, was sent to prison last year to serve life after being sentenced under federal hate crime charges.
Currently, Rogers was detained at the Henrico County jail without bond and was brought to court for his appearance on Monday.
Reports did not indicate if Rogers entered a plea as his legal counsel, George Townsend, did not give details about the case.
The incident was following the nationwide protests over the murder of George Floyd on May 25 while under arrest in Minneapolis. Viral video footage showed that four police officers, including the white cop who was seen kneeling in Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes, caused the death of Floyd.
While protests across the U.S were mostly peaceful, there have been reports of property damage, violence, and looting that went together with several of them.