A judge has denied bail to Christopher Cantwell — the white supremacist featured in VICE’s documentary about Charlottesville.
Cantwell, who is originally from Keene, New Hampshire, turned himself in to authorities in Virginia earlier this week after multiple felony warrants were issued for his arrest. Cantwell is being held on two counts of illegal use of gases and one count of injury caused by caustic agent or explosive, after openly admitting to reporters with the Keene Sentinel that he pepper-sprayed counter-protesters in Charlottesville.
While Christopher Cantwell marched in the August 11 hate rally that culminated in 20-year-old white supremacist James Fields driving his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of counter-protesters, the charges he’s facing stem from an assault he allegedly carried out during the torch-lit march in Charlottesville the night before.
NBC 29 in Virginia reported that at Cantwell’s initial court hearing on Thursday morning, an Albemarle County judge presiding over the hearing denied bail for the white supremacist who — following the news of 32-year-old counter-protester Heather Heyer’s death — told VICE reporter Elle Reeve that “a lot more people are going to die before we’re done.” WMUR-TV in New Hampshire tweeted Cantwell’s mugshot:
— WMUR TV (@WMUR9) August 24, 2017
After hearing news that he may be charged for his assault on counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Cantwell recorded a video where he appeared to be choking back tears, fearing his eventual arrest. Cantwell, who has ties to the anarcho-capitalist “free state” movement in New Hampshire that doesn’t recognize state authority, pleaded with state authorities to contact him in the video.
Cantwell’s next hearing is on October 12 in Charlottesville, where he is expected to hire his own attorney to represent him.
Michael Boone is a freelance journalist and columnist writing about politics, government, race, and media. He graduated from Texas Southern University’s School of Communication, and lives in Houston’s Third Ward.