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FBI Agent: Driver Won’t Be Charged with Domestic Terrorism in Death of Protester

James Fields is accused of driving into a group of anti-racists, killing one person and injuring many more.

James Fields is accused of driving into a group of anti-racists, killing one person and injuring many more.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent said the Ohio man who plowed into protesters in Charlottesville, Va., will not face domestic terrorism charges because federal law does not outline penalties.

Special Agent Thomas F. O’Connor made the statement in an op-ed piece published Thursday by the Hill, saying Congress should change the statute to give it some teeth.

“Congress should amend the U.S. Code to make domestic terrorism a crime subject to specific penalties that apply irrespective of the weapon or target involved in the crime,” O’Connor wrote. “Specifically, this legislation should make it a crime for a person to commit, attempt, or conspire to commit an act of violence intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population or to influence government policy or conduct.” 

O’Connor was not speaking on behalf of the investigation of James Alex Fields Jr., who faces life in prison on a state charge of second-degree murder. Police said he intentionally plowed into protesters during an anti-racism rally on Aug. 12, killing 32-year-old Heather D. Heyer.

FBI Tracking Down People Seen with James Field Before Fatal Charlottesville Attack

Suspect James Fields

Suspect James Fields

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is trying to track down people who saw or talked with James Fields before he drove his car into a crowd of anti-racist demonstrators in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, killing one person and injuring many more.

Surveillance video from a gas station near the crash site show Fields with several people, reports Daily Progress

A worker at a nearby Wendy’s told the FBI that she had witnessed a group of neo-Nazis attack a man in the restaurant’s parking lot before the fatal crash.

Heather Heyer, 32, was killed when Fields’ car slammed into the crowd.