Man Who Ran Car Through BLM Protest Is Ku Klux Klan Leader
Harry H. Rogers, according to eyewitnesses and arrest records, approached a protest near Richmond, Virginia, Sunday evening in his vehicle. He revved the engine and drove into the crowd. He’s been arrested and charged — and identified as a ranking Ku Klux Klan leader.
According to WTVR, Harry H. Rogers carried out the attack on Sunday evening, hitting at least one adult protestor, who reported the incident. Witnesses said the man revved his pickup truck’s engine before driving through the crowd. The victim who contacted law enforcement was checked by a medical team at the scene before being released, and no other injuries have been confirmed. Rogers was arrested and charged with assault and battery.
After the arrest, however, more information came out about Rogers’ identity. Not only does he claim to be a KKK president, he specifically told officers that he’s the highest-ranked Klan member in the state who isn’t currently in prison. Raw Story reports that this may be the factor that elevates his charges to a hate crime, quoting Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor:
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 compared the incident to the Charlottesville mrder in 2017, in which James Alex Fields Jr. plowed his vehicle through a crowd of protestors, hitting and killing one Heather Heyer. NBC reported in 2018 that Fields was found guilty of murder for that act.