A member of the Ku Klux Klan who drove his pickup truck through a crowd of Black Lives Matter protesters near Richmond, Va., last year while his girlfriend’s teenage son was in the vehicle was sentenced on Tuesday to three years and eight months in prison, officials said.
The man, Harry H. Rogers of Hanover County, Va., drove his truck through the crowd of protesters in Henrico County on June 7 and was arrested later that day while he and others were monitoring another group of protesters about two miles away in Richmond, according Lieutenant J. De Groft, a spokesman for the Henrico County Police Department.
No one was seriously injured in the episode. Mr. Rogers drove over one man’s toe and twice struck one woman who had stepped in front of the truck, according to The Associated Press.
Before Mr. Rogers’s arrest, he had bragged about his actions on social media. “This Chevrolet 2500 went up on the curb and through the protest,” he said in a Facebook live video played in court last week, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. “It’s kind of funny if you ask me.”
George Townsend, a lawyer for Mr. Rogers, told the court that his client had been “born into” the K.K.K., The A.P. reported. Mr. Townsend did not immediately respond to telephone and email messages late Tuesday night. Shannon L. Taylor, the Henrico County commonwealth’s attorney, had said that Mr. Rogers admitted he was a “leader of the Ku Klux Klan and a propagandist for Confederate ideology.”
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SOURCE: The New York Times, Azi Paybarah