NC KKK Leader 'Glad Protester Died'

He says there will be more violence to come
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2017 4:33 AM CDT
Klan members salute during a KKK rally in Justice Park on July 8, 2017, in Charlottesville, Va.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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(Newser) – They don't call it a hate group for nothing: The chief of a North Carolina Ku Klux Klan group says he's glad that 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed when a car plowed into counter-protesters at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. "I'm sorta glad that them people got hit and I'm glad that girl died," Justin Moore, "grand dragon" for the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, tells WBTV. "They were a bunch of communists out there protesting against somebody's freedom of speech, so it doesn't bother me that they got hurt at all." Moore and other members of his group were at the rally Saturday, and he predicts that there "will be more violence like this in the future to come."

A recorded message played to callers to the group's headquarters praises attack suspect James Alex Fields Jr. as a "white patriot." Another North Carolina man, Allen Armentrout, was shouted at by an angry crowd Tuesday after he arrived at the controversial Gen. Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville wearing a Confederate uniform and carrying a rifle, the Daily Progress reports. He stood vigil at the monument until he accepted an offer from police to escort him back to his vehicle. Armentrout said he was ashamed of Saturday's violence and he was there to show that there are "non-racist pro-Confederate people." (Two sisters injured in Charlottesville are suing white nationalist groups.)

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