Richard Preston

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A Baltimore Ku Klux Klan leader has pleaded no contest to firing a gun during a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last summer.

Court records show Richard W. Preston entered the plea Tuesday. He was charged with discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school.

Authorities said Preston was shown in video of the incident yelling and firing a handgun once while standing on a sidewalk crowded with rally-goers and counterprotesters. No one was struck with the bullet.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Charlottesville officials and representatives of the Department of Justice heard from residents frustrated by the city's response to a white nationalist rally that erupted into deadly violence.

Hundreds of people attended an event promoted as a "community recovery town hall" at a Charlottesville performing arts center Sunday. Residents spent around three hours taking turns at a microphone, criticizing officials and asking questions about the way law enforcement responded after violence broke out.