A Virginia prosecutor is investigating possible hate crime charges after an “admitted leader” of the Ku Klux Klan allegedly drove into a group of protesters demonstrating against racial injustice and police brutality Sunday evening.
Harry H. Rogers, is facing charges of assault and battery, attempted malicious wounding and felony vandalism after Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor said in a statement that Rogers “recklessly” drove up to a group of protesters, revved his engine and then drove into the crowd.
“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.
Taylor said her office is investigating whether Rogers will face hate crime charges for the alleged attack.
“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,” she said.
Henrico County Police said in a statement obtained by Oxygen.com that police received a call around 5:45 p.m. after an adult victim had stopped during the protest to report the incident, which occurred near the AP Hill Monument.
“Several witnesses reported that a vehicle revved their engine and drove through the protesters occupying the roadway,” police said.
The victim was examined at the scene by a rescue team but declined further treatment, police said.
Lt. A.M. Robertson, public information officer for the Henrico County Police, told Oxygen.com that authorities are still investigating a possible motive in the case.
To date, Robertson said police are only aware of the one victim; however, authorities are asking anyone who was in the area at the time to contact investigators.
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