“Crying Nazi” Christopher Cantwell, 37, pleaded guilty on Friday to two counts of assault and battery for using pepper spray on counterprotesters during the “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA, last year.
Counterprotester Heather Heyer, 32, was killed in the two-day protests when white terrorist James Alex Fields Jr., then 20, drove his car into a crowd, injuring dozens in addition to killing Heyer. Fields has since been indicted on 30 charges, including a federal hate crime charge.
“This outcome brings a measure of finality to the defendant’s dispersal of pepper spray nearly a year ago,” Albemarle Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Tracci said, according to the Post. “This agreement was supported by the victims in this case, who have been consulted at each stage of the criminal process.”
Cantwell became known as the Crying Nazi after he filmed himself sobbing last year while saying he feared for his life. The irony of the weeping white supremacist was lost on no one, as Cantwell had earlier talked a tough game in a Vice News/HBO documentary about the rally.
In that documentary, Cantwell had threatened to kill counterprotesters. He also brandished high-powered rifles and a 9mm pistol. At a tiki torch rally where he attacked the two plaintiffs, Cantwell and others had chanted, “Jews will not replace us!”
But when he found out there likely was a warrant out for his arrest, he cried openly on camera, saying, “I don’t know what to do.”