Jason Kessler Chased from Press Conference in Front of Charlottesville City Hall
Jason Kessler speaking at the press conference.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -
Jason Kessler, the organizer of the Unite The Right rally, attempted to hold a press conference in front of Charlottesville City Hall Sunday at 2 p.m.
Kessler began to speak but was quickly drowned out by the crowd chanting 'say her name' and yelling at him.
He was speaking at the podium, but members of the crowd were unable to hear his message.
Our microphones were able to hear his remarks. He said, "What happened yesterday (the Unite the Right rally) was the result of the Charlottesville police officers refusing to do their jobs. They stood down and did not follow through with the agreed upon security arrangements."
One individual from the crowd approached Kessler at the podium, yelling at him. Other members of the crowd followed, swarming the podium and Kessler ran away.
The crowd followed him up the street to the police department. Police separated him from the protesters and escorted him into police headquarters.
One arrest has been made following the incident. Robert K. Litzenberger, 47, of Charlottesville, Va. was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery for spitting on Kessler as he was trying to walk away from the area.
We spoke with the man who punched Kessler in the face who said, "He (Kessler) had an incredible amount of nerve coming in front of the people of Charlottesville after the pain, suffering, and terror that he brought on the community. He should never be allowed to show his face in town again."
Charlottesville police are saying that "as the crowd grew more hostile towards Kessler, police provided him a safe exit from the site."
This is a developing story, we will bring you further information as it becomes available.
Warning, videos may contain graphic language:
NBC29's Matt Talhelm's video of police escorting Kessler into the station.