Further update: The second video I posted has been taken down for violating YouTube’s standards of etc blah yak. Sorry about that — now it looks like we can no longer compare the two clips to determine whether the car accelerated before or after it was hit by the bat. If anyone finds another version of the second clip, let me know, and I’ll post it. Then we can see how long it stays up.
Update: A commenter sends this video, showing the same few seconds of the incident. He says: “If you look at this the baseball bat was done AFTER he had accelerated, this post should be removed, appearing to justify this is not good.”
Did he accelerate before the bat struck the car? You decide:
P.S. for the commenter: We don’t remove posts. We UPDATE them. The truth is better served by allowing earlier errors to remain in place, no matter how embarrassing they might be.
The brief clip below is an excerpt from a longer RT video that someone has modified by steadying it as much as possible and zooming in. In it you’ll see the car driven yesterday by James Fields, just before it ran into a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville. The cameraman is on the east sidewalk of 4th Street, looking south towards Water Street. The point of view is just south of the pedestrian area of the Downtown Mall, as indicated by the newspaper boxes that briefly come into view on the left. The car that Mr. Fields’ car eventually rammed is farther down, hidden by the clot of pedestrians.
Watch closely as a counter-protester holding a bat swings it with both arms against the back of Mr. Fields’ Dodge:
There are several other things to notice and consider concerning this clip:
|1.||The camera’s view of the car is foreshortened by distance and the effect of the zoom. However, it is apparent that the car was NOT traveling at a high rate of speed prior to being hit by the bat. The driver seemed to be proceeding with caution, as would be appropriate when driving on a street packed with rowdy pedestrians.
If you’ve seen any of the videos showing the impact of Mr. Fields’ Dodge with the back of the second car, you know how fast he was traveling when he ripped through that crowd. At some point after his car was hit with the bat, he must have floored it.
|2.||We can’t see what the people in front of his car were doing. Were they flipping him the bird? Brandishing with heavy objects? Yelling threats?|
|3.||During events such as this one, the Antifas own the streets. Anyone who ventures into their midst driving a muscle car is fair game.|
|4.||What kind of a peaceful protester carries a baseball bat to a demonstration for social justice?|
|5.||Mr. Fields’ route down 4th Street shows that he is from out of state and is unfamiliar with the local topography. No one who knows Charlottesville would drive down that piece of 4th unless he had business in one of the buildings along the street. It’s not a good route to get out of town, to get to another part of Charlottesville, or even to get to Water Street. One would normally proceed east down Market to 9th Street, or west to Preston.|
|6.||I suspect that Mr. Woods’ counsel will have this clip and others like it — and stills made from them — prepared for his client’s day in court. Which lies a LONG way in the future — there’s no way the trial can be held in Charlottesville, so we can expect many months of delay while motions to change the venue are filed and adjudicated.