A man who attended the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month went viral after video posted by the state’s ACLU Twitter account showed him fire his gun into a crowd of anti-protesters and walk away.
What makes the video so infuriating is that police were reportedly in the vicinity of the shooting, which triggered appropriate calls of white privilege and “if the shoe was on the other foot” comparisons.
Luckily, the bullet didn’t hit anyone, but very well could’ve due to the reckless nature of the attack. The video was taken by a volunteer with the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia.
After the shooting, the terror-inciting man left the scene quickly and joined other white supremacists who were walking away. After the video went viral, law enforcement identified and arrested 52-year-old Richard Wilson Preston in connection with the shooting. He was charged with discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school. He is currently in custody in Towson, Maryland.
Police are claiming they never heard the shot being fired, even though they were just 10 feet away from it. Corinne Geller, a spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police, told the New York Times that had officers heard the shots they would’ve “immediately acted.”
Many on social media are calling BS on that story. Cops always seem to hear when a black man shoots a gun, or doesn’t shoot a gun, or doesn’t even have a gun, but is somehow killed.
Anyway, check out reaction as well as the viral video of the shooting below.
WATCH: Man fired at another person in Charlottesville on Aug. 12. We handed 📹 to LE agencies. The man has been arrested & charged w a crime. pic.twitter.com/0vrXq4zNC0— ACLU of Virginia (@ACLUVA) August 26, 2017
You have to wonder whether its lack of training or a certain police mindset that is operating here. Whatever, it doesn't speak well of them.— Bill Lawrence (@LawrenceofBrkln) August 27, 2017
Now Imagine that was a black,Mexican or a muslim person shooting he be dead on the spot— shan (@shanuddin89) August 27, 2017
Not good enough. That animal opened fire into a crowd, the police should have put him down on the spot.— nicholas dormihal (@blackheart24601) August 26, 2017
Negligence of duty. Not acting after that should call for termination.— FidelCa$hflow (@fademeCDP) August 26, 2017
there are cops standing right there, why did the ACLU have to get involved?— JD Adler (@jd_adler) August 26, 2017
Thank You ACLU!!— SuznG (@therealsuzn) August 27, 2017
For doing what the police did not do!
Taking care of the people & their rights.
What amazes me more, is it takes others to force the police to make arrests now. Reverse the skin colors, justice would've been quicker 😢— T Dunaway (@T_Dunaway7) August 27, 2017
(Photo: ACLUVA via Twitter)