The New York times put a piece up on Friday reporting that a white nationalist wearing a bullet proof vest fired a handgun while state police, feet away, did nothing.
From Roblesaug's August 25th piece:
To make his escape, a video recording shows, the armed protester strolled past a line of about a dozen state police troopers who were safely positioned about 10 feet away behind two metal barricades. None of them budged.
“We all heard it and ran — I know damn well they heard it,” said Rosia Parker, a community activist in Charlottesville. “They never moved.”
Evan Simko-Bednarski of CNN reported Monday that the man, Richard Wilson Preston, has been arrested. CNN describes the video as showing the man shouting a racial epiphet and fire his weapon, apparently not directly at the protestor.
From Simko-Bednarskis article of 28th August:
After several seconds, the man in the video, who is wearing a load-bearing vest, with a pistol on one leg and extra magazines on the other, turns away from the argument and walks away. Before reaching the edge of the frame, he turns back, drawing a pistol and shouting "Hey, n****r."
With his pistol out and pointed at the crowd, he walks toward them before pausing, taking a step back, and racking the slide to load a bullet in his weapon's chamber. The man aims again, seemingly lower, and quickly fires a shot, before turning around, holstering his weapon, and rejoining the march.
The appearance of people openly carrying AR-15 rifles and semiautomatic pistols, while legal in some jurisdictions, intimidates speakers and protestors and, perhaps, the police.