James Alex Fields to the first appearance
Matt Finn reports from Charlottesville, Va.
The 21-year-old man accused of ramming his car through a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017 has been charged with federal hate crimes. Heather Heyer, who was 32 years old, died in the alleged attack.
Authorities say James Alex Fields Jr, from Ohio, allegedly broke her car at a group of people to demonstrate against the ‘Unite the Right” rally in August 2017, for which he created hundreds of white nationalists at the college to the city, where officials planned to remove a Confederate monument.
Fields has been charged with one count of a hate crime Heyer is dead, and 28 other hate crimes against involve trying to kill it, according to an indictment released on June 27. These costs are in addition to the first-degree murder and other charges levied on the state level.
The indictment also said Fields, through social media accounts, he operated, “expressed and promoted his belief that whites are superior to other races and peoples, expressed support of the social and racial politics of Adolf Hitler and Nazi-era Germany, including the Holocaust; and espoused violence against African-Americans, jews and members of other ethnic; ethnic and religious groups who he saw as non-white.”
Here is what we know about the Fields and business.
He is charged with first-degree murder
James Alex Fields Jr. is seen in a mugshot released by Charlottesville, Virginia-the police after he is accused of murder. The police said that he drove a car into a crowd of protesters during a white nationalist demonstration, killing a woman.
(Reuters/Charlottesville Police Department)
Fields is charged with first-degree murder and are in custody since August of 2017 rally.
Heyer was one of the hundreds of protesters who had gathered in Charlottesville to decry what was considered to be the largest gathering of white supremacists in ten years – including neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members – who descended on the city to rally against the plans for the removal of a Confederate statue.
The police said she was killed when Fields drove into the crowd Saturday afternoon.
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Heyer’s mother said: “Heather died to do what they love – standing up for people.”
His teachers knew about his “radical” views on race
The fields’ the teachers said that he is an “average” student in high school who was interested in Nazi-Germany, Hitler and military history.
“Once you spoke with James for a while, you would see that sympathy in the direction of Nazism, that idolization of Hitler’s belief in white supremacy,” Derek Weimer, Fields’ high school social studies teacher, told The Associated Press.
Weimer also said that Fields was told that he was diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was younger.
His work history was wrong
Fields flunked out of basic training two years ago, the U.S. Army, told Fox News.
Security company Securitas security services, said in a statement that the Fields in the service of the company from May 2016 to July 2016, and again from November. 2016 until the time of his arrest as a security officer. Securitas said Fields performs his duties “to the satisfaction” and was on holiday leave when he participated in the rally in Charlottesville. The company said Fields is now terminated.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.