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Virginia State Police cordon off an area around the site where a car ran into a group of protesters after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Police arrested a man for 'spitting' on the 'Unite the Right' rally organizer


Updated August 13, 2017 07:45 PM EDT

Police arrested a man for "spitting" on the "Unite the Right" rally organizer during a planned news conference on Sunday.

As Jason Kessler was trying to speak, he was drowned out by the chanting crowd. Kessler was allegedly spit on as he was walking away from the press conference.

Virginia State Police have charged 47-year-old Robert K. Litzenberger, of Charlottesville, with misdemeanor assault and battery.

Because the press conference was cut short, Kessler posted a video on Twitter explaining his point of view.

Our affiliate WSET contributed to this report.

The man who organized Saturday's "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville held a press conference Sunday and blamed local police for allowing the situation to get out of control.

Jason Kessler said the violence was a result of the Charlottesville Police Department "refusing to do their job."

During the press conference, Kessler was confronted with a group of counter-protesters who shouted "shame" and "You're wearing the wrong hood," a reference to the Ku Klux Klan.

Virginia State Police had to intervene at one point when counter-protesters rushed toward Kessler.

Some of the counter-protesters could be heard saying "indict for murder now," referring to three people who were killed in connection with Saturday's rally that turned violent.

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WSET and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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