Two weeks ago, a car plowed into a crowd of people in Charlottesville, VA, who were protesting the white nationalists who had come there to rally. The terrorist attack killed 32 year-old Heather Heyer and injured 35 others. For Heyer’s murder, James Alex Fields Jr., of Ohio, was later arrested and charged with second-degree murder, among other offenses.
Now, the Charlottesville police have been able to identify and arrest three more white supremacists for violence that took place on that day. Richard Preston, a 52 year-old man opened fire on a crowd of a protesters during the Unite The Right Rally, and was finally arrested on Saturday and charged with discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school, after a video of this incident had surfaced.
The ACLU of Virginia became aware of the video on August 16, after it had been placed in their dropbox. Preston was a high-ranking member of the Ku-Klux-Klan. Police have not confirmed that the man in the video is Preston.
According to The Daily Progress:
‘Letters provided by the ACLU of Virginia show that staff sent the video to the FBI on Aug. 17 and then to Charlottesville and state police on Aug. 20.’
Daniel Patrick Borden, an 18 year-old, was arrested on Friday and charged with a malicious wounding related to an aggravated assault near a parking garage during the August 12 rally. He is currently at the Hamilton County Criminal Justice Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Also arrested for the same assault was 33 year-old Alex Michael Ramos from Marietta, Georgia.
There has also been heavy speculation that the arrests of Borden and Ramos are related to the beating of Deandre Harris in the same parking garage. Police and city officials in Charlottesville did not reply to multiple requests to confirm the information.
Sadly, President Trump shares a lot of responsibility for these horrific acts of violence that have taken place. The racial tension in the U.S. has been building since his election, and his presidency has invoked a climate that has made it acceptable for white supremacy to flourish and bear it’s ugliness on all of us.
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