TOWSON, Md. (AP) – Ellen Drisgill stated she was shocked when FBI brokers got here to her home and arrested her son, a KKK member who police say fired a gun throughout a current white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Drisgill stated she did not even know her son had a gun. Plus, he was pleasant with the black neighbors close by.
“I am very stunned about all of this,” she informed The Related Press outdoors her Baltimore residence Monday.
Native authorities in Charlottesville just lately charged her son, Richard Wilson Preston Jr., with discharging a firearm inside 1,000 ft (300 meters) of a faculty through the rally Aug. 12.
The American Civil Liberties Union stated it had offered regulation enforcement officers with a video of the capturing earlier than Preston’s arrest. It exhibits a person yelling and firing a handgun one time whereas standing on a sidewalk crowded with rally goers and counterprotesters. Nobody was struck.
Preston, fifty two, informed a decide on Monday that he would not struggle extradition from his house metropolis of Baltimore to Charlottesville.
It was hardly Preston’s first day in courtroom or within the information.
Preston confronted a number of assault fees within the early 2000s, though he wasn’t convicted for any of them, in line with courtroom data in Maryland.
He additionally has spoken out publicly as an imperial wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Principally just lately he spoke with an Indiana TV station within the days after Charlottesville’s lethal protests, blaming the town’s mayor for the unrest.
White nationalists had descended on Charlottesville in help of a Accomplice monument that is been focused for removing. A lady was killed when a automotive smashed into counterprotesters, and two state troopers died when their helicopter crashed.
“We did not go there because the Klan,” Preston informed WANE-TV in Fort Wayne . “We did not go there to create havoc in a struggle. We have been there to guard the monument.”
A 2013 article and video from the Information Journal in Wilmington, Delaware, exhibits Preston in KKK garb calling for the impeachment of then-President Barack Obama.
Drisgill, Preston’s mom, stated she did not know rather a lot about what her son did away from house.
“We have hardly sat and talked,” she stated.
Kay Chapman, who lives…