A self-described Ku Klux Klan leader has been charged with assault after driving his car into a group of Black Lives Matter protesters in Virginia.

Harry Rogers, who told officers he was president of the Virginia Ku Klux Klan, has been charged with malicious wounding, assault and battery, and destruction of property after the incident in Henrico county, on the outskirts of Richmond.

Thousands of people have attended protests in Richmond in recent days, demonstrating against police brutality. They are among nationwide protests against police brutality that have taken place after the killing of George Floyd by a white Minnesota police officer.

According to Richmond’s WTVR news channel, police said Rogers had “revved [the] engine” of his pickup truck before driving through a crowd of protesters. One person was treated at the scene. No one was seriously hurt.

“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,” the Henrico county commonwealth’s attorney, Shannon Taylor, said in a statement. “We are investigating whether hate crimes charges are appropriate.”

She said: “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 added: “Hate has no place here under my watch.”

Rogers is also reportedly an organizer for the National Association for Awakening Confederate Patriots, and carried out a one-man protest in 2016 wearing Ku Klux Klan robes. 

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He was also photographed participating in the Unite the Right demonstration in Charlottesville in 2017, where Heather Heyer was murdered in a vehicular homicide.

There, Rogers carried a plastic shield marked with a black-on-white “southern nationalist” flag, used in Charlottesville and elsewhere by members and allies of the League of the South, a neo-Confederate group. 

Two days days after Unite the Right, according to photographs and accounts from activists, Rogers was bloodied in an altercation that took place when he attempted to disrupt a memorial rally for Heyer, while wearing a shirt with KKK and Confederate flag patches.



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