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Rosedale KKK Leader Who Fired Pistol at Va. Hate Rally Denied Bail

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Richard Preston in 2013. Still via YouTube/USA Today.

Richard Preston, the imperial wizard of Rosedale’s chapter of the Ku Klu Klan, will remain jailed without bond in Albemarle County, Va.

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Our most popular story this week concerned a 52-year-old Baltimore City resident named Richard Preston, who authorities last weekend pegged as the guy who fired a shot at a black protester during the Aug. 12 unrest in Charlottesville, Va. As it turns out, Preston is also an imperial wizard of Rosedale’s Ku Klux Klan chapter. Several years ago, he tried to convince locals at a Klan meeting in Elkton that his white supremacist organization is somehow not a hate group.

The ACLU of Virginia said it sent the clip of Preston allegedly firing a pistol (and possibly shouting the n-word) at a black man nearby wielding a homemade flamethrower. Police showed up at his house on Cedonia Avenue in Northeast Baltimore’s Cedmont neighborhood on Saturday. He was formally charged in Charlottesville General District Court with one felony count of discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school.

Preston is no stranger to (alleged) criminal behavior. State court records show he was charged with assault and use of a deadly weapon with intent to injure in 2003, first-degree rape in 1991 and assault in two other incidents. In each case, the charges were eventually dropped.

Here were Baltimore Fishbowl’s other top reads over the last seven days:

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Our most popular read this week was actually from April 2016, but who’s counting? Given the recent national tensions stemming from the deadly, hate-fueled violence in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12, we decided to re-publish Rachel Monroe’s post, “The Ku Klux Klan Is Apparently Still Alive and Well in Maryland.” It’s true: the KKK is still very much alive. And as Rachel noted, Maryland has two active chapters in Rosedale and Annapolis.

While the hate group’s numbers have dwindled in recent years, there are still thousands of Klan members scattered across the country. As shown in Charlottesville and resulting protests elsewhere, America’s racist, neo-Confederate underbelly is nothing to scoff at. Now if we can just pick leaders who will single out the right bad guys

For your reference, here’s some more recent info on the number of other hate groups across the state.

These were the other top-read stories on Baltimore Fishbowl this past week:

The Ku Klux Klan Is Apparently Still Alive and Well in Maryland

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photo via the SPLC
photo via the SPLC

Baltimore Fishbowl will re-publish posts that have become relevant again on Throwback Thursday, beginning today.

Originally published April 8, 2016 – There are fewer than 10,000 members of the KKK, the most well-known hate group in the United States. And they’re not all living in the Deep South.

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