A Virginia man who was arrested for deliberately driving his truck into a crowd of peaceful protesters has been identified as the self-proclaimed president of the Virginia Ku Kluk Klan (KKK), reports WTVR.
Harry H. Rogers, 36, was charged by police with attempted malicious wounding (felony), destruction of property (felony), and assault and battery (misdemeanor) after police said he plowed his pickup truck into a group of Black Lives Matter protesters Sunday in Lakeside, Virginia.
Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor said a hate crime investigation was underway against the KKK leader.
“Several witnesses reported that a vehicle revved their engine and drove through the protesters occupying the roadway,” a Henrico Police spokesperson said of the incident on Lakeside Avenue near Vale Street.
No one was seriously injured in the attack. The person who called police was checked by paramedics at the scene and refused further treatment.
In court Monday, Taylor said Rogers told arresting officers he was the president of the Ku Klux Klan in Virginia and the highest-ranking member not imprisoned.
“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 released after court. “We are investigating whether hate crimes charges are appropriate.”
She urged witnesses to call Henrico Police at 804-501-5000.
“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,” she said. “Yesterday, I participated in a different peaceful protest for equality and justice in Henrico. Protesters acting peaceably, well within their constitutional rights of assembly, should not have to fear violence. 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.”