KKK Imperial Wizard, Among ‘Very Fine’ People In Charlottesville, Hit With Shooting Charges (VIDEO)

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Richard Wilson Preston, the Imperial Wizard of the Maryland Confederate White Knights branch of the KKK, was arrested Saturday after video emerged of him shooting a gun at a protester during the Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia two weeks earlier.

Because he only aimed the gun at protester Corey Long’s head, then shot at the ground near his feet, Preston could not be charged with attempted murder. Instead, police nabbed him for discharging his weapon within a thousand feet of a school. The charge carries a sentence of two to ten years in prison. If he’s convicted of the class 4 gun felony, he will also lose his right to own a firearm and, perhaps more importantly, vote.

Preston was clearly surprised by the charges. At the time, there were multiple police present, who did nothing. The 52-year-old Nazi was giving interviews by the time the weekend was out. When WANE News Channel 15 of Fort Wayne, Indiana contacted him on the Monday following the white supremacist rally, he did not attempt to conceal his identity:

We didn’t go as the Klan. We didn’t go there to create havoc and fight. We went there to protect a monument.

The KKK leader actually blamed the mayor of Charlottesville for the violence that day, rather than the right-wing hate groups that held the event in the first place, reiterating a (subsequently debunked) claim that police were issued a “stand down” order:

They’re being told not to do their job by the mayor. That mayor is now responsible for everything that took place. Every person that was hurt. Every person that died. All of it.

For his part, the near-victim, Corey Long, told The Root that the protest was peaceful to begin with:

Until someone pointed a gun at my head. Then the same person pointed it at my foot and shot the ground.

You would recognize Mr. Long as the black protester who tried in vain to keep the Nazis at bay with an improvised blowtorch made from a can of hairspray that was thrown at his head.

Ideally, prosecutors would find a way to pin all of the blame on the organizers of the event. So far, that looks unlikely.

Video of the shooting can be seen here:


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  1. Poor guy should have done SOMETHING once in his life that he could be proud of. Instead, he shoots his gun at someone and blames the cops for not stopping him. Odd, every time I do something, people hold me accountable. These snowflakes work on blaming others 23 hours a day and the other hour, they are playing with the dildo’s we sent them. Maybe the great trump will pardon him.

      • That’s if he is convicted – Doesn’t always happen.
        I suspect there will be a lot of Klansmen this time around to walk free too..

        The 1951 Christmas Eve bombing of the home of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) activists Harry and Harriette Moore in Mims, Florida, resulting in their deaths.

        The 1957 murder of Willie Edwards, Jr. Klansmen forced Edwards to jump to his death from a bridge into the Alabama River.

        The 1963 assassination of NAACP organizer Medgar Evers in Mississippi. In 1994, former Ku Klux Klansman Byron De La Beckwith was convicted.

        The 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in September 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama, which killed four African-American girls and injured 22 people. The perpetrators were Klan members Robert Chambliss, convicted in 1977, Thomas Edwin Blanton, Jr. and Bobby Frank Cherry, convicted in 2001 and 2002. The fourth suspect, Herman Cash, died before he was indicted.

        The 1964 murders of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner, three civil rights workers, in Mississippi. In June 2005, Klan member Edgar Ray Killen was convicted of manslaughter.

        The 1964 murder of two black teenagers, Henry Hezekiah Dee and Charles Eddie Moore in Mississippi. In August 2007, based on the confession of Klansman Charles Marcus Edwards, James Ford Seale,
        a reputed Ku Klux Klansman, was convicted. Seale was sentenced to serve three life sentences. Seale was a former Mississippi policeman and sheriff’s deputy.

        The 1965 Alabama murder of Viola Liuzzo. She was a Southern-raised Detroit mother of five who was visiting the state in order to attend a civil
        rights march. At the time of her murder, Liuzzo was transporting Civil
        Rights marchers related to the Selma to Montgomery March.

        The 1966 firebombing death of NAACP leader Vernon Dahmer Sr., 58, in Mississippi. In 1998 former Ku Klux Klan wizard Sam Bowers
        was convicted of his murder and sentenced to life. Two other Klan
        members were indicted with Bowers, but one died before trial, and the
        other’s indictment was dismissed.

        On July 1966, in Bogalusa, Louisiana, a stronghold of Klan activity, Clarence Triggs was found murdered.

        The 1967 multiple bombings in Jackson, Mississippi of the residence of a Methodist activist, Robert Kochtitzky, the synagogue and the residence of Rabbi Perry Nussbaum. These were carried out by Klan member Thomas Albert Tarrants III, who was convicted in 1968. Another Klan bombing was averted in Meridian the same year.

        • Columbus Ohio When I tjink 1972 murder by cops Dino Peyton , 17, Eagle Scout you should post your list so it is shareable.thank you

          • My list is just a partial. There have been approximately 1400 known murders of blacks, Jews and others who have tried to help the cause of civil rights. Those, mostly, have gone unsolved

  2. We deposited our larva in a rotting college town this weekend, and we traveled past C town to reach our goal. There was one of those cheap American flags on a stick still stuck in the branches of a tree on the median. It was sad and rather eerie.

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