Cantwell granted bond, Commonwealth appeals, bond denied

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- A man charged with several felonies for allegedly releasing tear gas during a torch rally on Aug. 11 appeared in an Albemarle County court on Thursday morning.

Christopher Cantwell and his attorney were in court, and Cantwell was granted a $25,000 bond.

The Commonwealth appealed the bond and another hearing was set for Thursday afternoon.

Due to a problem getting video equipment working, the court went into recess.

The Commonwealth wants to show video of Cantwell from Vice News and from his own website.

When prosecutors said Cantwell posed a flight risk and a risk to public safety, his attorney pointed out he voluntarily turned himself in when the charges were announced.

The attorney also says evidence will show Cantwell was acting in self-defense.

After the hearing, the judge reversed the decision and bond was denied.

The torch rally took place on the University of Virginia Grounds the night before the Unite the Right rally was scheduled to occur in Emancipation Park.

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