CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE STATEMENT ON THE LIFE SENTENCE IMPOSED ON JAMES FIELDS, JR., FOR HIS MURDER OF HEATHER HEYER AT THE 2017 CHARLOTTESVILLE WHITE SUPREMACIST RALLY
For Immediate Release Contact: Robin Chand
June 28, 2019 (202) 225–3816
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Statement on the Life Sentence Imposed on James Fields, Jr., for his Murder of Heather Heyer at the 2017 Charlottesville White Supremacist Rally
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary, Homeland Security, and Budget, issued this statement following the life sentence imposed on an individual who murdered Heather Heyer by running her over with his car:
Almost two years ago, white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, for a rally entitled “Unite the Right” to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The attendees were a motley assortment of self-avowed far-right nationalists, Klansmen, neo-nazis, and assorted racists. They were met with Americans committed to its founding ideals. During that weekend, one of the white supremacists, James Fields, Jr., drove his car into a crowd, and struck Heather Heyer, who was at the location to protest racial hatred. Heather died from her injuries. Thereafter, the current president proclaimed that there were “very fine people on both sides.”
Today, James Fields was sentenced to life in prison, following a conviction by a federal jury of first degree murder. His callous and brutal act shocked nation. It is my hope that today’s sentence is interpreted as a rebuke of white nationalism, and of the President’s shameful endorsement of white supremacy.
Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat representing the 18th Congressional District of Texas, is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary, Homeland Security and the Budget.