James Fields Jr. charged with murder after plowing car through anti-racism protesters

James Fields Jr. has been charged with second-degree murder for allegedly plowing his car through a group of protesters in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday, killing one and injuring 19 others. The 20-year-old Ohio native was also charged with three counts of malicious wounding and hit-and-run.

The 20-year-old Ohio native was seen at the Unite the Right rally earlier in the day wearing a white polo and khakis and brandishing a circular shield with the Vanguard America logo painted on it, although the right-wing group claims Shields was not an official member.

Fields’ mother, Samantha Bloom, said she thought her son was going to a Trump rally, and wasn’t aware he was participating in a white supremacist march.

“I just knew he was going to a rally,” Bloom told the Associated Press. “I mean, I try to stay out of his political views. You know, we don’t, you know, I don’t really get too involved, I moved him out to his own apartment, so we — I’m watching his cat.”

Bloom also noted that one of Fields’ friends was black.

Video of the crash shows a grey Dodge Challenger speeding down a street filled with protesters, hitting several people, and finally rear-ending another car. The car, allegedly being driven by Fields, then reverses back down the street and speeds away.

[New York Times | Photo: Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail]