The ACLU caught something horrifying on video at the Charlottesville debacle. A white man, wearing body armor and an American flag t-shirt turning, brandishing his weapon, then firing a shot at the feet of nearby counter protesters. That video may now put the depraved man who fired it behind bars for up to 10 years.
(Video is at the end of this article)
The shot was fired and the man hurriedly walked off without so much as the nearby police officers turning their heads. The officers were criticized for that and defended themselves saying that the sound of the crowd had drowned out the small caliber gunshot. The shot is clearly audible in the video:
“We all heard it and ran ― I know damn well they heard it,” Parker told the Times, referencing the police who were standing behind the barricades. “They never moved.”
Police have this man, Richard Wilson Preston in custody, and are charging him with a felony, discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school. (Not to put too fine a point on it, but there would seem to be more charges called for here, say depraved indifference, attempted murder, reckless endangerment…)
The charge carries 2-10 years in prison and would strip Preston’s right to own firearms.
Ten years would be a great deterrent for other such “responsible gun owners” who think that firing a gun in a crowd of people is ever ok. Though more seem to be called for. This man’s life was not in danger, yet he decided to fire it to feel powerful.
He’ll have plenty of time to rethink this cowardly, stupid, unsafe, and down right un excusable act if he is convicted. What do you think about this, is this enough?
Watch the original video here:
WATCH: Man fired at another person in Charlottesville on Aug. 12. We handed ? to LE agencies. The man has been arrested & charged w a crime. pic.twitter.com/0vrXq4zNC0
— ACLU of Virginia (@ACLUVA) August 26, 2017
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