VIRGINIA BEACH — An arrest warrant has been issued for a 20-year-old man accused of driving his pickup truck toward a group of protesters in Virginia Beach demonstrating against racial injustice.
A judge issued the warrant for Emanuel “Manny” Wilder on Tuesday after he failed to appear in Virginia Beach General District Court on charges of reckless driving, abusive language, disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct in connection with the May 31 incident, according to Dave O’Dell, clerk of Virginia Beach General District Court.
A local Black Lives Matter chapter, which organized the march, posted videos of the incident on social media and called for police to arrest the driver, local news outlets reported. Wilder was charged June 25 and released pending trial.
Wilder is accused of revving his engine and driving toward a group of protesters near the Oceanfront who were rallying against racial injustice shortly after the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, news outlets reported at the time. Floyd, an African American, died after a white police officer pinned him down and pressed a knee against his neck for several minutes. The officer was fired and is facing charges, including second-degree murder.
It was not immediately clear whether Wilder had an attorney who could comment for him.