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Charlottesville crash suspect James Fields brandished shield for Vanguard America hate group before attack that killed one and injured 19

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James Fields Jr, Charlottesville crash suspect brandished shield for Vanguard America hate group before attack
James Fields, 20, allegedly steered his beloved Dodge Challenger into a crowd of peaceful protesters in Charlottesville, Va., Aug 12
32-year-old Heather Heyer, a paralegal with the Miller Law Group was killed, 19 others injured
Virginia State Police pilots Lt. Jay Cullen, 48, and Berke M.M. Bates, 40, died in a helicopter crash while monitoring the violent clashes
19 other anti-facist protesters were injured when Fields purposely drove into crow of protesters 
The protests overall left 3 dead, 34 injured after the white nationalist rally sparked violence
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James Fields Jr., the white supremacist driver who allegedly steered his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of peaceful protesters in Charlottesville, Va, Saturday
James Fields Jr., the maniac driver who police say steered his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of peaceful protesters in Charlottesville, Va., had been brandishing a shield emblazoned with a white supremacist emblem just hours before the deadly rampage Saturday.New photos have emerged showing Fields on the front lines of a volatile rally about 10:30 a.m. — flanked by other white men in polo shirts and tan slacks clutching the racially charged black-and-white insignia of the Vanguard America hate group.

James Alex Fields Jr. (c.) brandished a shield from the Vanguard America group before the Charlottesville attack.Alleged fascist vehicular terrorist, James Alex Fields Jr [center],  is seen brandishing a shield from the Vanguard America group before the Charlottesville attack, Saturday

Southern Poverty Law Center spokeswoman Rebecca Sturtevant noted that the logo — two white axes, is a variation of imagery used by the white supremacists and Fields’ outfit is standard among the hate group’s ranks.
The Anti-Defamation League depicted Vanguard American as one focused on white identity, but noted that its members have “increasingly demonstrated a neo-Nazi ideology.”

Indeed, Fields’ Facebook page was peppered with similar alt-right and Nazi imagery — such as Hitler’s baby photo; a tourist shot of the Reichstag in Berlin; and a cartoon of Pepe the Frog, the anthropomorphic frog hijacked by right-wing groups — before it was deactivated around 11:30 p.m. Saturday.
Fields, of Maumee, Ohio, gave the page the title “Conscious Ovis Aries,” using the Latin word for sheep. There was also a picture of him posing with the car that authorities say caused so much mayhem in downtown Charlottesville.
Fields’ mother, Samantha Bloom, said she did not know of her son’s apparent involvement in the deadly wreck until late in the day.
She said Fields left his cat with her on Friday as he took off for an “alt-right” rally, the Toledo Blade reports.

Heather Heyer 4Heather Heyer was run over by James Fields and killed in Charlottesville,Va

Heather Heyer  a 32-year para-legal was identified as the woman  run over by James Fields and killed.
Charlottesville Police Chief Alfred Thomas Jr. told reporters  Heyer was killed while crossing the street. She was among 20 people struck as the driver of a Dodge Challenger barreled down a narrow street teeming with counter-protesters.
The man believed behind the wheel, 20-year-old James Fields Jr., sped the mangled sports car away in reverse. He was arrested and charged in the attack, just hours after standing alongside members of the Vanguard America hate group during the rally.
It’s unclear if Heyer was with demonstrators protesting the white supremacist rally that ended a short time earlier.

James Fields  and Heather Heyer1.JPGThe 20-year-old Fields [left], allegedly drove his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of peaceful protesters on Saturday, killing Heather Heyer [right], in the process

She thought the rally “had something to do with Trump.”
“I told him to be careful,” Bloom told the Blade.
She had posted a photo of the two of them on Facebook in August 2015 and noted that her son “just left for boot camp.”
In another photo of Fields, he posed for a selfie while wearing an Army lanyard.

Fields poses with his Dodge Challenger on his Facebook page.jpgFields poses with his Dodge Challenger on his Facebook page

The Army could not immediately confirm if Fields served in the military.
At some point he also lived in Union, Ky., where he was a quiet student but had “radical ideas on race,” history teacher Derek Weimer told the WCPO news channel in Cincinnati.
“He was very infatuated with the Nazis, with Adolf Hitler,” Weimer told WCPO. “He also had a huge military history, especially with German military history and World War II. But, he was pretty infatuated with that stuff.”
As the images of Fields toting Vanguard America items circulated, the hate group distanced itself from the suspect and said anyone could use their shields.

Pilots Lt. Jay Cullen, 48, (l.), and Berke M.M. Bates, 40, (r.) died in a helicopter crash while monitoring the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Va.Virginia State Police pilots Lt. Jay Cullen, [left], and Berke M.M. Bates, [right], died in a helicopter crash while monitoring the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug 12

“The driver of the vehicle that hit counter protesters today was, in no way, a member of Vanguard America. All our members had been safely evacuated by the time of the incident,” the group posted on Twitter.
“The shields seen do not denote membership, nor does the white shirt. The shields were freely handed out to anyone in attendance.
“All our members are safe and accounted for, with no arrests or charges,” the group added.The final tally after the all day clash was 34 injured and  3 dead, including two police pilots

Violent Charlottesvlle clashes 1.JPGCarnage in Charlottesville leaves 3 dead, 34 injured after white nationalist rally sparked violence, two clashes, Saturday

20-year-old James Alex Fields of Maumee, is being held at Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. He was booked Saturday on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding, failure to stop for an accident involving a death, and hit and run.

 

 
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