Violence has rocked the city of Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend, with thousands of far right, white nationalists descending on the community to protest the removal of statues meant to honor Confederate war icons. These Nazi-aligned individuals were met with an unsurprising left wing protest presence upon their arrival in Charlottesville, and these two groups meeting quickly gave rise to serious violence.
In the most infamous incident from Saturday, a car ran full speed into a crowd of protesters, wounding 19 people and killing one. The deceased has been identified as a 32 year old woman, but her name has not yet been released.
The driver of that car has now been taken into police custody and is facing unsurprising serious charges. 20-year-old James Alex Fields of Ohio is being held without bail. The charges he is facing include “second-degree murder, malicious wounding, failure to stop for an accident involving a death, and hit-and-run.” Media reports note that the car Fields was driving is registered in his name.
There have been rumors about Fields having not acted out of malicious intent — but those rumors have evidently been proven to be not substantive, with him in custody and facing charges.
Fields’ mugshot is below.
MUG SHOT for JAMES ALEX FIELDS Jr. being held on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding and more pic.twitter.com/cqVRQEKo08
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) August 13, 2017
Fields, who, as mentioned, is from Ohio, is among those who traveled from great distances to demonstrate against what he and his allies feel is the erosion of “white culture.” Racist chants taken directly from the Nazis have rung out across the city as the demonstrations have gone on.
Fields driving his car into a crowd of protesters coincided with a pre-planned rally being shut down by police after serious clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters erupted.
Multiple Virginia officials have called on the white nationalists to “go home,” but it still remains to be seen how the rest of this weekend plays out.
Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas, while announcing that Fields had been taken into custody, told reporters:
‘What the world saw today is not the place Charlottesville is. We love our city. Let us heal. This is not our story. Outsiders do not tell our story. We will tell our own story.’
Trump has literally encouraged this type of violence at his campaign rallies in the past.
Tweets about the arrest are below.
Featured Image via Spencer Platt/Getty Images.