The #blackman who used an improvised #flamethrower against #whitenationalists two months ago at the violent Unite the Right rally in #Charlottesville, #Virginia has been arrested. This is the second black man to be arrested in connection to that rally in as many days.
#CoreyLong, 23, was arrested on charges of assault and battery as well as disorderly conduct. This is not going to help calm the criticism from anti-#racism advocates who claim that the police didn’t do enough to stop the violence at the August rally.
According to authorities, the disorderly conduct charge is in relation to his homemade flamethrower and the assault charge happened during a second skirmish.
On August 12, hundreds of white nationalists gathered in Charlottesville for a #UnitetheRight rally. It was set up to protest the city’s plan to get rid of the Confederate General #RobertELee.
A 32-year-old woman named #HeatherHeyer was killed when a white supremacist drove his car into groups of protesters. President Trump then blamed at least some of the violence on the left. “What about the ‘alt-left’ that came charging at, as you say, the ‘alt-right?’” Trump said at a Trump Tower presser. “Do they have any semblance of guilt? … You had a group on one side that was bad. And you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And nobody wants to say that, but I’ll say it right now.” Long, who has been released on bond has not commented since his arrest. Instead, he has referred any questions to his lawyer #MalikZuluShabazz.
Shabazz has been described as a “racist black nationalist” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Long shared a post that Shabazz wrote on Facebook. “Getting arrested is no dishonor if you are standing up against #hatred and #injustice,” it started. “Getting shot while on the battlefield is sometimes a necessary reality if you are a true soldier operating against #enemy fire in enemy territory.” In an earlier interview with Long, he said he acted in self defense, stating that a white supremacist had shot at the ground in his general direction. #foodforthought#rbg#problack#blackisbeautiful#blackexcellence#blackgirlsrock#blackmenrock#blackwomenrock