Report: Virginia Man Who Plowed Truck Into Protesters Is Leader Of State’s KKK
The self-proclaimed president of the Virginia branch of the Ku Klux Klan has been arrested for hitting a protester with his truck, according to WTVR Richmond.
- Harry Rogers of Hanover, Virginia, is being investigated for a hate crime in addition to previous charges of malicious wounding, destruction of property, and assault and battery.
- A Henrico, Virginia, police spokesperson said that “several witnesses reported that a vehicle revved their engine and drove through the protesters occupying the roadway,” but no one was seriously hurt physically.
- The protests were a part of the worldwide outcry following the death of an African-American man, George Floyd, by a police officer on Memorial Day.
- Rogers admitted to arresting officers that he was the president of the Virginia KKK and the highest ranking member not imprisoned.
- Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor said in a statement:
“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. We are investigating whether hate crimes charges are appropriate.”
- She followed up by saying:
“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,” she said. “We lived through this in Virginia in Charlottesville in 2017. I promise Henricoans that this egregious criminal act will not go unpunished. Hate has no place here under my watch.”