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A white nationalist actually pulled his gun out at anti-racism protesters and opened fire into a crowd,in the direction of a black man who had an improvised flame thrower, all while appearing to yell a racial slur, you know just for good measure.

While all of this happened, police did nothing.

In the video, posted by the ACLU of Virginia, a man in a sleeveless shirt, some type of tactical vest and a bandana is seen walking through the crowd at the Unite the Right Ally on Aug. 12 only to pass Corey Long, a black man whose image went viral after a photo was taken showing wielding a make-shift flame thrower.

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The man stops in his tracks, turns around, appears to yell, “Hey, nigger” before pointing his gun in Long’s direction. He then cocked his gun and fired off a single shot into the crowd before walking off.

As he walked away and the video panned out, police officers are seen a few feet away, unmoving and apparently unconcerned.


“We all heard it and ran — I know damn well they heard it,” Rosia Parker, a community activist in Charlottesville told the New York Times of the situation. “They never moved.”

Corrine Geller, a spokesperson for the Virginia State police claimed that troopers did not hear the shot because it was “muffled by the loud volume of the crowd yelling and chanting, drums and music.

“Had any one of our troopers witnessed that incident they would have immediately acted just as they did for the other four arrests made during the weekend,” Geller added. (Right. Because they were so on point that weekend as we all know.)

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Anyway, eventually someone was arrested for that insanity that could have seriously injured several people. Richard Wilson Preston, 52 was arrested on Saturday (this Saturday mind you), the Daily Progress reports. Preston is currently in custody at the Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson , MD.

Preston’s arrest came shortly after an arrest was also finally made in the brutal beating of Deandre Harris. Daniel Borden, 18, was arrested on Friday and charged with malicious wounding in that incident. Alex Michael Ramos, 33, is also facing the same charge in Harris’ attack, although he is not in custody and is currently wanted by the Charlottesville police
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Read more at the New York Times and the Daily Progress.