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White Man Caught On Video Firing Gun During Charlottesville Rally, Police Do Nothing

A video from the deadly Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally is getting a lot of attention.

The ACLU of Virgina shared the video on Twitter. In it, a white man yells a racial slur before firing a gun at the ground near a black counter-protester, then walks away amid a sea of protesters. A line of police stand behind metal barricades about ten feet from the incident.

Perhaps the most disturbing part of the video is that the police don't appear to take any action:

After authorities were alerted to the video, they arrested 52-year-old Richard Wilson Preston, and charged him with discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school. Two weeks later.

A spokesperson for the Virginia State Police claimed that the officers didn't hear the gunshot over "the loud volume of the crowd yelling and chanting, drums and music," and insisted that "had any one of our troopers witnessed that incident they would have immediately acted just as they did for the other four arrests made during the weekend."

A witness contradicts that story. Rosia Parker, one of the counter-protesters, told the New York Times, "We all heard it and ranβ€”I know damn well they heard it. They never moved."

According to the Times: "Another video shows that the gunshot was clearly audible even from inside the park, where dozens more state police troopers were posted."

The officers' inaction shocked some people:

Others expressed disbelief that someone could even bring a gun to a protest:

People speculated about what would have happened if the shooter hadn't been white:

We can see where this is going:

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H/T: Huffington Post, New York Times, Twitter