The American continent was rife with protests this week, as We The People took to the streets demanding justice for George Floyd.
Floyd was killed by the Minneapolis police department in a disturbing incident broadcast to the world via social media. In the footage, officer Derek Chauvin is seen kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, as Floyd repeatedly gasps for air and tell the officer he cannot breath. Chauvin does not remove himself from Floyd’s neck until several minutes after Floyd becomes unresponsive.
As one can imagine, the imagery was enough to send much of the nation out into the streets and, unfortunately, some of the worst-of-the-worst were out there waiting.
The Hanover County man arrested Sunday for driving his truck into a crowd of protesters “is an admitted leader of the Ku Klux Klan and a propagandist for Confederate ideology,” Henrico County’s top prosecutor said Monday.
Harry H. Rogers, 36, has been charged with attempted malicious wounding, felony vandalism, and assault and battery. He is being held without bond.
In her statement, Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor said Rogers was driving recklessly down Lakeside Avenue in the median on Sunday, drove up to protesters, revved his engine and drove through the crowd. One person was evaluated for injuries.
“While I am grateful that the victim’s injuries do not appear to be serious, an attack on peaceful protesters is heinous and despicable and we will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law,” Taylor said.
She added: “The accused, by his own admission and by a cursory glance at social media, is an admitted leader of the Ku Klux Klan and a propagandist for Confederate ideology.”
Authorities were still contemplating the possibility of charging Rogers with a hate crime as well.