White nationalist Christopher Cantwell, 36 (pictured), who claims he pepper-sprayed a demonstrator in self-defense has been denied bond
A white nationalist who claims he pepper-sprayed a demonstrator in self-defense and made a video about his fears over his eventual arrest, has been denied bond.
Christopher Cantwell, 36, received the moniker 'Crying Nazi' after he recorded a tearful video upon hearing he was wanted for arrest after attacking protesters at the University of Virginia on August 11.
Cantwell's bond was originally set for $25,000, but a judge Thursday reversed a lower court's decision to allow him to be bonded out after prosecutors appealed.
The judge ruled Cantwell is a flight risk and his hate speech makes him a threat to others. He will remain behind bars.
Cantwell, from New Hampshire, is currently being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. He says he's being held in solitary confinement at the jail out of concerns for his safety.
'One minute I'm a f*****g white supremacist terrorist and the next minute I'm a f*****g crybaby,' Cantwell told The Daily Beast from jail. 'I'm a goddamn human being!'
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Cantwell received the moniker after he recorded a tearful video over his possible arrest after attacking protesters at the University of Virginia on August 11 (pictured)
'I thought that spraying that guy was the least damaging thing I could do. I just wanted him to not hurt me,' he said in the video (pictured)
On August 12, Cantwell posted a video to YouTube showing him choking back tears as he expressed his fears about being arrested over the pepper-spraying incident.
'I thought that spraying that guy was the least damaging thing I could do,' he is seen saying.
'In my left hand, I had a flashlight. My other option, other than the pepper spray, was to break this guy's teeth. OK? And I didn't want to do that. I just wanted him to not hurt me.'
The YouTube video was posted one day before Vice News published its documentary earlier this month