‘A 20-year-old Ohio man was charged with murder on Saturday after being accused of plowing his vehicle into a crowd of anti-fascists at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing one woman and injuring 19 others, which caused the FBI to open a civil rights investigation.
James Alex Fields Jr, of Maumee, Ohio, is being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. He was charged with second-degree murder.
Shortly after Fields was charged, the FBI and federal prosecutors announced a civil rights investigation, following Texas Sen Ted Cruz’s call for the Justice Department to launch a ‘domestic terrorism’ probe into the deadly crash.
The FBI’s Richmond field office, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia said they have opened an investigation into the circumstances of the incident.’
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