White Supremacist Who Opened Fire on Protestors in Viral Charlottesville Video Arrested
— Keegan Stephan (@KeeganNYC) August 27, 2017
Police have arrested a man accused of firing a handgun at counter-protestors during the rally in Charlottesville earlier this month that ended in terror.
Dramatic video obtained by the ACLU shows a group of Confederate flag-clad rally goers including one man, wearing a bulletproof vest, who shouts racist slurs and opens fire on counter protestors.
Richard Wilson Preston, 52, was arrested by authorities after the video went viral, according to CNN.
The incident occurred on the Southwest corner of Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, VA during the “Unite the Right” rally held to protest the removal of Confederate monuments.
After several seconds, the man in the video, who is wearing a load-bearing vest, with a pistol on one leg and extra magazines on the other, turns away from the argument and walks away. Before reaching the edge of the frame, he turns back, drawing a pistol and shouting “Hey, n****r.”
With his pistol out and pointed at the crowd, he walks toward them before pausing, taking a step back, and racking the slide to load a bullet in his weapon’s chamber. The man aims again, seemingly lower, and quickly fires a shot, before turning around, holstering his weapon, and rejoining the march.
CNN also points out that Virginia police officers can be seen in the video, and “appear not to react to the shot.”
A Virginia State Police spokeswoman defended officers against charges they ignored the shooting, telling CNN they did not witness the incident.
Violent clashes at the rally culminated when a white supremacist plowed his car into counter protestors, killing one person and injuring 19 more.
The driver, James Alex Fields Jr., was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
Watch the shooting incident above, via ACLU VA.
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