Alleged Charlottesville killer James Fields apparently linked to white nationalist movement

Author: Joshua Eaton | Thinkprogress ||

Screenshots appear to show the Facebook page of James Fields, the Ohio man police say drove his car into a anti-fascist protesters in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, killing one and wounding 19. The page has been removed from the site.

If the page is authentic, it’s clear evidence of white nationalist sympathies.

The page went offline late Saturday night, but images were provided to ThinkProgress by a source as well as circulated online. The name on the page is “Conscious Ovis Aries,” but the web address shows the page was registered to a James Fields.

ThinkProgress could not independently confirm the page’s authenticity, but pictures of the page’s owner appear to show the same man as pictured in a booking photo of Fields that Charlottesville police released Saturday:

James Fields (Charlottesville Police Department)
Photos shared by the Conscious Ovis Aries page on Facebook

One photo from the Conscious Ovis Aries page, tweeted by Jacobin editor Alex Press, appears to show Fields next to the same make and model car used in Saturday’s attack, which is registered to Fields in Ohio:

JUST IN: 3 dead in violence in Charlottesville, Virginia governor says. https://t.co/qincl1SZ7i pic.twitter.com/h0Pu0Ufm5O

— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) August 12, 2017

Other pictures and articles shared on the page show clear sympathies with white nationalist movements. They include a cover image and a separate photo of the Brandenburg Gate, in Berlin, Germany, which the Nazi Party used as a party symbol, as well as a photo of the Reichstag building, also in Berlin, which played a crucial role in Adolf Hitler’s rise to power.

A screenshot from the TK page on Facebook

Other images on the page are even more explicit. One shows a smiling baby photo of Adolf Hitler. Another has Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom many in American white nationalist movements support, emblazoned with the word “undefeated.” Yet another shows Pepe, a cartoon frog that has become something of a mascot for political white nationalists.

 

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