July 29, 2021

The man who drove his truck into a crowd of Black Lives Matter protesters in Virginia is a leader of the Ku Klux Klan, prosecutor says

The man who drove into a crowd of Black Lives Matter protesters near Richmond, Virginia, on Sunday is a leader of the Ku Klux Klan, prosecutors say.

Harry H. Rogers, 36, barreled down a street in Lakeside, just north of Richmond, in his blue pick-up truck at around 6 p.m., revving his engine before plowing into protesters, said Shannon Taylor, Henrico County prosecutor, 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,” Taylor said in a statement. “We are investigating whether hate crimes charges are appropriate.”

The attack injured one protester, whose wounds are not serious. Rogers is being held without bond and faces charges of assault and battery, attempted malicious wounding, and felony vandalism.

Membership for the KKK, America’s most notorious racist group, has dwindled over the past several decades, according to the Anti-Defamation League. But the group’s violent influence has been supplanted by other white-supremacist groups. From 1999 through 2019, the number of American hate groups more than doubled, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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