Charlottesville: Car-ramming suspect charged with murder

Charlottesville: Car-ramming suspect charged with murder
Police identify 20-year-old James Fields as the suspected driver of a car that ploughed into an anti-racism demonstration killing at least one person.
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13 August, 2017
A man has been charged with murder in relation to a car-ramming attack on anti-racism protesters in the US who were opposing a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday.

Twenty-year-old James Fields of Ohio was arrested in connection with the attack, which killed one woman and injured 19 others.

"He has been charged with second degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and failing to stop at an accident that resulted in a death," Colonel Martin Kumer, superintendent of Albermarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, told The Guardian.

Since Fields was named as the suspect, local media have identified him in images showing the Ohio resident attending the far-right rally and holding a shield emblazoned with the insignia of the "Vanguard America" hate group.

In a separate incident, two police officers were killed on the same day when their helicopter crashed as they monitored the far-right rally.

The three deaths came on a day in which US white supremacists had gathered in Charlottesville to protest the removal of a statue of a civil war era General Robert E. Lee, who fought for the pro-slavery Confederacy.

Attendees at the rally included white nationalist Richard Spencer and former Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard David Duke.

Following a long silence on the initial far-right rally, US President Donald Trump spoke out to condemn the "violence on many sides" after the clashes on Saturday.

The president's response drew much criticism, particularly for his choice not to single out the act of white supremacist violence in his statement.