A man who is accused of running over a group of protesters claims to be the president of the Ku Klux Klan. The 36-year-old man named Harry Rogers allegedly drove through a Black Lives Matter protest in Henrico County, Virginia on Sunday (Jun 7).
“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,” Henrico County Commonwealth Attorney Shannon Taylor said in a statement. “We are investigating whether hate crimes charges are appropriate.”
According to a spokesperson from the Henrico Police Department, several witnesses reported that “a vehicle revved their engine and drove through the protesters occupying the roadway.” One victim was evaluated for injuries by a rescue team at the scene, but reportedly refused further treatment. No other injuries were sustained.
“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,” Taylor added.
CNN reports that Henrico police were alerted about the incident by the Richmond Police Department. Rogers was subsequently arrested and is charged with felony attempted malicious wounding, felony vandalism and misdemeanor assault and battery. According to online jail records, he was booked at the Henrico County Jail early Monday morning (June 8) and is currently being held without bond.
Due to his admitted affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, Taylor is also investigating whether Rogers can be charged with a hate crime.
“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.”
Rogers was arraigned on Monday (June 8). His next court hearing is reportedly scheduled for August 18.