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.”
Protesters injured as a car purposefully mows down the crowd following ‘Unite the Right’ rally
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 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.
The 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
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.
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