Corey Long's trial postponed

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The trial of a man accused of using a homemade blowtorch against white nationalists on Aug. 12 has been continued.

Corey Long was due to stand trial in Charlottesville General District Court on Tuesday on misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct charges. On his attorney's request, that trial was continued and is now set for June 8.

Protesters from social justice groups including Black Lives Matter and Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) chanted outside the courthouse ahead of the hearing, demanding that the charges against Long be dropped.

"Fighting white supremacy is not a crime," said Lisa Woolfork, a Black Lives Matter activist. "Corey Long did nothing wrong. We want to be here so we can encourage our community to show up and support in situations like this."

SURJ member Grace Aheron said the Aug. 12 counterprotesters should not be charged.

"It's pretty clear to I think any person with good sense who was on what side that day," Aheron said. "And that for justice to actually happen, we need to be prosecuting the people who are actually on the side of white supremacy and not people who were defending their community."

Long received cheers from protesters as he left court but did not stop to comment.

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