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Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor on Sentencing of Ku Klux Klansmen Who Attempted to Assault Protesters

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From Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor:

Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor on Sentencing of Ku Klux Klansmen Who Attempted to Assault Protesters

Henrico (VA)– Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor issues this statement on the sentencing of the Klansman, Harry Rogers, today:

“Let me start by saying that, fortunately, no one was seriously hurt on that afternoon back on June 7th, when this avowed Klansman recklessly and intentionally drove his vehicle at innocent Black Lives Matter protesters. Considering that the actual harm was very limited, I am pleased that he is going to prison for several years.

“While I believe his hateful and bigoted motivations should have him behind bars even longer, the Virginia Code is not helpful. I want to thank Senator Ghazala Hashmi (D-Chesterfield) for her efforts to strengthen the Law in this area. I attended the specific committee hearing to advocate for her hate crimes legislation to ensure that those motivated by bigotry are punished severely. Unfortunately, that legislation did not pass, but I will continue to advocate for a safer, and more just Virginia.

“My commitment is to keep Henricoans safe and this bigoted heinous Klansman is off the streets.”

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