A disturbing video has emerged online showing the moment a white supremacist draws his gun and opens fire at a crowd of counter-protesters during the neo-Nazi protest in Charlottesville on August 12th.
The man in the video is wearing a bullet-proof vest and an American flag bandana. He appears to shout “hey, nigger” as well as something else that was inaudible before shooting his weapon. Thankfully, he missed.
The man was reportedly taken into custody Sunday morning, but many are asking why police didn’t do anything at the time.
Those in the crowd at the time insist that police knew a man had fired a gun but did absolutely nothing to try and apprehend him. It’s clear from the video that a gunshot can be heard from some distance.
“We all heard it and ran—I know damn well they heard it,” a community activist in Virginia told the New York Times about the police officers’ reaction to the shot. “They never moved.”
“The cops were not protecting the people of Charlottesville. They were protecting the outsiders,” 23-year-old elder care worker Corey Long told The Root in an interview from August 14th. “The cops basically just stood in their line and looked at the chaos,” he added.
The shocking footage was released by the Virginia chapter of the ACLU. You can watch it below:
Other videos and photos have surfaced on social media in the immediate aftermath of violence in Charlottesville showing neo-Nazi groups pushing up against a line of police officers with only minimal resistance from the cops. It was a stark contrast to the way that American police typically respond to any sort of resistance at public demonstrations.