Richard Wilson Preston, a Ku Klux Klan “imperial wizard” who was caught on video shooting at counter-protesters at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville in August, has been denied bail.
Charlottesville’s Daily Progress newspaper revealed on Thursday that during a hearing that same day, Preston argued that he acted in self-defense from counter-protesters. Nevertheless, the judge presiding over his case denied him bond because he poses a danger to the community
As Richmond, Virginia’s WTVR reports, the Baltimore-based Klan leader was arrested and charged with firing a weapon within 1,000 feet of a school after an ACLU video of the violence at the rally showed the klan leader firing his pistol and shouting a slur at counter-protesters.
You can watch the video of Preston firing at the counter-protesters at the August 12 rally below, via the ACLU of Virginia.
“lot of that going on”
— Rev. Chris Ward (@ReverendWrath) September 1, 2017