What a horrific tragedy that occurred on Saturday in Charlottesville. When hatred and racial bigotry strike at the heart of America…they must NOT be tolerated! Justice must prevail.
Charlottesville Police have officially named James Alex Fields, Jr., 20, of Ohio as the suspected driver in an attack on a crowd of counter-protesters that killed one and injured 26 earlier today, NBC reported.
They’ve also released Fields’s mugshot:
H/T Zero Hedge:
James Alex Fields Jr., 20, from Ohio, was the driver of a 2010 gray Dodge Challenger that was driven into a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville. He was booked into the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail on Saturday on suspicion of second-degree murder.
The three-vehicle crash occurred on 4th Street near East Water Street.
A Dodge Challenger was traveling south on 4th Street at a high rate of speed when it rear-ended a sedan headed south on 4th Street.
The impact of that crash pushed the sedan into a minivan in front of it. The minivan had slowed for a crowd of people crossing through the intersection.
Then, the vehicles were pushed into the crowd of pedestrians. The Dodge Challenger fled the scene, but was located and stopped a short time later by Charlottesville Police.
One of the pedestrians in the crowd struck on the street, Heather D. Heyer, 32, of Charlottesville was then taken to the hospital where she was declared deceased.
There were 19 other pedestrians who suffered injuries ranging from serious to minor, who were also taken to a hospital, or treated at the scene.
The organizer of the rally on Saturday, that drew hundreds of white nationalists and various extremists to Charlottesville said he disavows the violence that eroded it.
According to AP, Jason Kessler said in an interview Saturday evening that whoever drove a car into a group of counter-protesters “did the wrong thing.”
He said he was saddened that people were hurt. Kessler is a local blogger and activist who described the event as a pro-white rally. He planned it to protest the city’s decision to remove a Confederate monument.
Kessler criticized law enforcement’s response to the event, which was dispersed before speakers could take the stage. He said they did a poor job controlling the chaos to allow free speech.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said US Attorney Rick Mountcastle is leading the investigation.
In a statement Sessions said,
“The violence and deaths in Charlottesville strike at the heart of American law and justice. When such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and cannot be tolerated,”
“Justice will prevail.”
Let’s hope Sessions and law enforcement get to the bottom of this issue and justice is served.