The African American man photographed in the picture above has been arrested, yet the white supremacist criminals were not. 23-year-old Corey Long has become apart of history as he was the individual photographed holding a flamethrower aimed at a group of white supremacists at the Charlottesville rally. The photo was taken by an Associated Press photographer, soon becoming viral after it had hit the web.
Long was arrested and charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct. The charges are actually related to a separate incident which took place during the rally. However, Charlottesville police did note that the disorderly conduct charge applies to Long’s use of the flamethrower as well. Long was released Friday on an unsecured bond after appearing before a magistrate.
According to Long, he was just trying to protect the people around him. He claims that his use of the flamethrower was to protect another counter-protester, an elderly white man, who is seen in the photo standing next to him. Long says he was shielding the man who had become fearful amidst the chaos, something he claims the police failed to do.
‘The cops were protecting the Nazis, instead of the people who live in the city,’ Long said.
‘The cops basically just stood in their line and looked at the chaos. The cops were not protecting the people of Charlottesville. They were protecting the outsiders.’
Long is now being represented by an attorney who has been accused of extremism.
The picture has become an embodiment of how many view the growing hate in this country.