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PostThe Last Outlaw on Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:42 pm


From The Associated Press

The Associated Press wrote:Federal hate crime charges were filed Wednesday against a man accused of plowing a car into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing a woman and injuring dozens more.

The Department of Justice announced that an indictment returned Wednesday charges 21-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. of Maumee, Ohio, with 30 crimes, including one count of a hate crime resulting in the death of Heather Heyer, and 28 other hate crimes involving an attempt to kill other people who were injured.

“Last summer’s violence in Charlottesville cut short a promising young life and shocked the nation,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “Today’s indictment should send a clear message to every would-be criminal in America that we aggressively prosecute violent crimes of hate that threaten the core principles of our nation.”


Authorities have said that Fields, described by a former teacher as having a keen interest in Nazi Germany and Adolf Hitler, drove his speeding car into a group of people demonstrating against the “Unite the Right” rally that drew hundreds of white nationalists to the college town, where officials planned to remove a Confederate monument.

The attack came after the rally had descended into chaos — with violent brawling between attendees and counterdemonstrators — and authorities had forced the crowd to disband. Fields had been photographed hours beforehand with a shield bearing the emblem of Vanguard America, one of the hate groups that took part, although the group denied any association with him.

Fields already faces state charges including first-degree murder. He has been in custody since the rally.

I pray to God Almighty that Justice -- the kind of Justice that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke about all those years ago -- will be served.  This man is fueled by racism and hatred and he will fall.  If I ever learned anything in life is that love was given automatically, and hate is taught.  I don't like anything dealing in hate.  I will end this commentary with a quote from Dr. King:

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote:I'd rather stick with love.  Hate is too great a burden to bear.
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