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Charlottesville Nazi Caught On Video Opening Fire On A Crowd While Cops Do Nothing

New chilling video has surfaced from the Nazi — sorry, “Unite the Right” — rally in Charlottesville that further exposes the gigantic chasm between how police react to black people holding signs and how they respond to a Nazi literally opening fire on a crowd of people.

In Ferguson and Baltimore and other places across the country, a few African-Americans holding signs is met with what feels like the full force of the U.S. military — tanks, chemical weapons, heavy-duty guns, the whole shebang.

In Charlottesville, Virginia, however, police kind of just stood around while the Nazis had free reign (until, of course, they began to actually riot and the city was forced to shut the whole thing down).

The ACLU released video of a Nazi at the rally pulling out his gun and shooting at someone who was not threatening him. He then turned and casually strolled past about a dozen police officers, none of whom did a single thing to stop him. No “Hey, why were you firing that gun?” or even a “Don’t do that” and certainly not an arrest for discharging a firearm into a crowd of protesters. Nothing.

“We all heard it and ran — I know damn well they heard it,” Rosia Parker, a community activist in Charlottesville, told the . “They never moved.”

Eventually, after the video began to make the rounds, police got around to taking a suspect into custody Saturday morning. The lack of action has made many people suspicious. Via the Times:

Officials have insisted that no “stand down” order was issued, and a state police spokeswoman said troopers did not hear the shot. But many people suspect the inaction was deliberate, because just a month earlier, the police were heavily criticized for responding harshly at a Ku Klux Klan rally where anti-Klan protesters were sprayed with tear gas and arrested.

Police are also making great strides in arresting a group of Nazis who beat a black man with a pipe and pieces of wood , according to city manager Maurice Jones.

Brian Moran, Virginia’s secretary of public safety and homeland security, says that the city did not employ a number of suggested security measures, including “a ban on weapons and sticks of all kinds. The state also proposed designating parking areas, busing protesters and cutting off traffic for at least 10 blocks.”

Nevertheless, Moran is strangely optimistic about the horribly lackluster response to the Nazi rally, noting that “If you stop the clock at 1:30, there were 13 minor injuries, no property damage and no one killed by a firearm.”

1:30 was just before one of the Nazis at the rally plowed his car into a crowd of protesters, killing Heather Heyer.

The gunshot wasn’t the only white-wing violence that was ignored by police. One woman says that one of the Nazis punched her in the nose in front of cops and they did…nothing.

“I moved quickly to the police and said: ‘A man attacked me! Please help me! I need your help. He’s right there!’” she said. “They didn’t move a muscle. Only a few of them had the courage to make eye contact with me.”

A black photographer was punched by a man wearing an Adolf Hitler t-shirt – right in front of the cops. He, too, had difficulty getting them to acknowledge it.

“This happened right in front of the cops,” Ézé Amos says. “I said, ‘Hey, this man just assaulted me!’ The officer said, ‘Well I didn’t see it.’ I told him, ‘Everybody just saw it!’”

“I am a black man photographing this. I kept telling myself, ‘If it gets out of hand, the cops will jump in and save me,’” Amos told the Times. “I saw a white woman get hit, and they did not do anything. That’s when I actually got really scared of the whole thing.”

Watch a Nazi attempt to murder someone while cops shrug their shoulders below:

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