(VIRGINIA) LATEST: Prosecutors said on Monday a man facing charges for driving his pickup truck into racial equality protesters is a local leader of the Ku Klux Klan: Harry H. Rogers, 36, was charged with assault and battery, malicious wounding and felony vandalism, the Henrico County police department said in statement on Monday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.09: The statement says Rogers on Sunday night drove through a crowd blocking a street near Richmond, Virginia, and protesting the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis police custody. One person was hit by Rogers’ vehicle, but not seriously injured: Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor said in a statement on Monday that Rogers “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.”

Man who drove into Virginia protest is KKK leader, prosecutor says

Nathan Layne – Reuters.Com/

‘ The Richmond CBS TV affiliate WTVR aired archive footage it had of Rogers from past years, wearing KKK robes and waving a Confederate flag ‘

Taylor said prosecutors were investigating to see if hate crimes should be applied to the case: It was not immediately known if Rogers has an attorney.

Separately on Monday, a man was charged with assault for shooting a demonstrator in Seattle after he drove his car up to a march and was surrounded by protesters, according to King County jail records: Nikolas Fernandez was captured by a bystander’s video shooting a protester who had reached into his car. The protester was hit in the arm and treated at a hospital…………Fernandez quickly exited his vehicle and brandished a gun, then dashed through the crowd and turned himself over to police who were monitoring the rally…………..Fernandez is being held on a $200,000 bond.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: June.09: 2020: Reporting by Nathan Layne in Wilton, Connecticut, and Brad Brooks in Austin, Texas; Editing by Bill Tarrant and Christopher Cushing

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