Chris Cantwell, the white supremacist who gained notoriety at the Charlottesville "alt-right" rally is being charged with illegal use of a gas and malicious injury. This is a result of the events that took place in early August, 2017, which turned deadly.
That same month, he was granted a $25,000 bond but a judge reversed this decision after prosecutors appealed. Prosecutors alleged that he was a flight risk and it was not safe for him to be granted a bond. Cantwell's defense team denied this.
Regarding the charges for malicious injury with a caustic substance or agent, Cantwell told the Associated Press that he pepper-spray a counter-protestant in self-defense on August 11 on the Charlottesville campus.
A video shows Cantwell is seen crying, apparently afraid that he was going to get arrested due to the events in early August; it was circulating on social media. This video caused him to be called "the crying Nazi".
He later told the Daily Beast from jail, "One minute I'm a f***ing white supremacist terrorist and the next minute I'm a f***ing crybaby?"
The self-described white nationalist had said earlier that he will turn himself into the police for using pepper spray at the rally. After the University of Virginia Police Department obtained the felony warrants against Cristopher Cantwell, he turned himself in.
Cristopher Cantwell appeared in a viral Vice News Documentary of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. In this rally, he promoted his wishes of having an "ethno-state" and also justified the death of Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old counter-protestor.
In fact, in the same documentary he claims, “I think that a lot more people are gonna die before we’re done here.”
When he was faced with the accusations, he told the Times, “I don’t think I did anything wrong, and I’m looking forward to my day in court.”