The man, James Alex Fields Jr, 20, accused of ramming his car into a crowd of peaceful counter protesters during the clashes in Charlottesville had left his cat with his mother at her home in Toledo on Friday before attending the rally.
His mother is Samantha Bloom. She had no idea he was going to a white supremacist event. She thought it was something to do with President Trump.
Dropping off his cat with his mother is only significant for one thing and that is it looks as though he believed that he would not be able to return to his home because he would be arrested. Therefore, it could be said that he planned everything and was prepared to be arrested and held on remand until sentenced and jailed. In short he knew he wasn’t going home for a very long time.
Miss Bloom told her son to be careful. James Fields’ Facebook page was decorated with right-wing and Nazi imagery. Mr Fields was earlier photographed on the front lines of the protest on Saturday morning with a black shield with the insignia of the hate group Vanguard America. He denied that he was a member. He said that the shields were handed out at the demonstration.
After the white supremacist protesters had dispersed a silver Dodge Challenger drove directly at a group of triumphant counter-demonstrators who were marching with signs stating “love” and “black lives matter”. The car cut through “a sea of people”. It then hit another vehicle according to Matt Karbon.
Mr Fields has been charged with second-degree murder which is intent to kill but without premeditation. I wonder whether that charge is correct bearing in mind that he left his cat with his mother.