Man charged over white supremacist rally vehicle death due in court

Jay Jacobs
August 16, 2017

A former high school teacher described James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of OH, as an admirer of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany.

Hundreds of white supremacists, including neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members, had gathered in the Virginia town to rally against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, a general of the pro-slavery Confederate States Army in the USA civil war. One woman was killed and 19 others were injured.

One pedestrian, 32-year-old Heather Heyer of Charlottesville, was killed.

A United States judge held James Fields, 20, without bond on a second-degree murder charge.

The US man accused of ploughing a vehicle into a crowd of people protesting against a white supremacist rally idolised Adolf Hitler and sparked concerns among school staff over his "deeply held, radical" convictions on race, a former teacher says.

Fields was apprehended shortly after the crash by Virginia police.

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The rally was attended by a variety of white supremacists - including neo-Nazis, skinheads, members of the Ku Klux Klan - who descended on the city to "take America back" by rallying against plans to remove a Confederate statue.

"He would usually make his points in a calm and respectful way", Weimer said, responding to a question about whether Fields had exhibited signs of the violence police say he displayed on Saturday. She was full of life and her time was cut short and I know that I will miss her.

Fields is being held on charges of second-degree murder, malicious wounding and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death.

The organizer of the white nationalist rally that drew the large crowd of counter-protesters blamed law enforcement. The picture depicted him holding a shield bearing the symbol of Vanguard America, a fascist organization.

They also urged US President Donald Trump to forcefully denounce the organisations, some of which specifically cited Mr Trump's election after a campaign of racially charged rhetoric as validation of their beliefs.

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