Charlottesville Police Said to Issue Warrant for Rally Speaker

Christopher Cantwell (YouTube/Vice News)

(CN) – The Charlottesville Police Department has reportedly issued warrants for the arrest of white supremacist Christopher Cantwell, the man who proclaimed “a lot more people would die” in a recently broadcast Vice News documentary on the violence in Virginia last weekend.

Cantwell was a featured speaker at the Charlottesville, Va. rally that inspired the violent protests in which 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed and several other counter protesters were injured.

The police reportedly issued the warrant for Cantwell for his alleged illicit use of pepper spray and injury by caustic agent or explosive.

Earlier this week, Cantwell uploaded a video of himself, openly weeping, as he mulled over the possibility that he could be arrested in Virginia.

As he listed all of the procedures he and his associates followed in order to gain an assembly permit for the fatal “Unite the Right” rally on August 12, Cantwell said he “honestly” believed he has been “law-abiding.”

The Unite the Right rally organizers contend that the protest in Charlottesville was not a nationalist rally, but rather an opportunity for their group to protest the removal of a large Robert E. Lee statue in the rural Virginia town.

A representative at the Charlottesville Police Department did not immediately return a request for comment.

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