White Nationalist Could be Released but He Won't Be Heading Back to NH
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A white nationalist who says he pepper-sprayed a demonstrator in self-defense on the campus of the University of Virginia has been granted bond.
Local media outlets report that 37-year-old Christopher Cantwell, of Keene, New Hampshire, was given $25,000 secured bond at a hearing Monday in Albemarle Circuit Court. He will have home electronic monitoring and must stay in Virginia.
The Daily Progress reports that Cantwell will not be released until he can find a court-approved home in Virginia.
Cantwell is charged with malicious bodily injury. University of Virginia police obtained a warrant after Cantwell allegedly pepper-sprayed a counter-demonstrator on Aug. 11, the day before a white nationalist rally on the UVA campus ended in deadly violence.
Cantwell earlier told The Associated Press he pepper-sprayed a demonstrator in self-defense.
In November, an Albemarle County judge dismissed one count of malicious bodily injury with a "caustic substance," explosive or fire, and one of the two counts of the illegal use of tear gas or other gases.
Cantwell has been outspoken in the past on his views of people who are not white.
"The race factor is a side effect of the larger problem," Cantwell said. "The Democratic party has been opening up the floodgates of immigration and forbidding discrimination and subsidizing the breeding of non-whites because they, on average, they have lower IQ's and will vote for democratic policies because they are stupid."
Cantwell said he wants to live in a libertarian society — but can't do that if the left is in control of the government.
"I'd be perfectly happy to see New Hampshire, for example, succeed from the Union ... just get outside the boot of the United States Federal Government, and we live that way."
Cantwell had been part of the Free State Project, a movement trying to persuade 20,000 libertarians to move to New Hampshire. The movement kicked him out after he expressed views that he believes it is OK to kill police officers in self defense because when they arrest people they are engaging in "violence."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.