Friday, May 4, 2018

Key Considerations About the Events on Fourth Street in Charlottesville

I have studied various conspiracy theories about the incident in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12, 2017, when James Fields drove his car into a crowd of so-called "counter-protesters" at the intersection of Fourth Street and Water Street. The questions that interested me included the following:.
* Was Fields guided by conspirators to Fourth Street?

* Why did the counter-protesters turn northward onto Fourth Street?

* Why did Fields idle and drive his car forwards and backwards on Fourth Street for two or more minutes before he drove into the crowd?

* Why had a maroon van and a black truck parked at the intersection of Fourth Street and Water Street?
In that area, only Fourth Street allows vehicle traffic. First, Second, Third and Fifth Streets allow only pedestrian traffic. Fields was able to drive into the crowd only because:
1) he positioned his car on Fourth Street and

2) the walking crowd turned from Water Street onto Fourth Street.
Click on the map to enlarge it.

If you study the streets' layout and traffic, and if you study the protesters' and counter-protesters' movements, you too might wonder how the car and the crowd both came to be on Fourth Street at the same time. You too might wonder further whether the encounter was arranged by a conspiracy.

I have found that the following considerations satisfied many of my own suspicions.

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Fields had to walk a half-hour to get his car.

A riot broke out in Emancipation Park (aka Lee Park) in downtown Charlottesville in the late morning of August 12. The police broke up the worst of the fighting at around noon.

During or after that riot, Fields walked from the area of Emancipation Park to McIntire Park, where he had parked his car.  During that walk, Fields acquainted himself with three men who likewise were walking from Emancipation to McIntire.

Click on the map to enlarge it.

Afterwards, those three men were questioned by police interrogators, and their statements were summarized during the preliminary hearing that took place on December 14, 2017. (Footnote 1)

If there were some conspiracy to place Fields on Fourth Street, then the conspirators surely would have arranged for him to park his car in the town center.

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A large group of counter-protesters
had walked southward from Justice Park.

Fields drove southward on Fourth Street into the crowd at 1:40 p.m.

Twenty minutes earlier, at 1:20, about 100 counter-protesters walked from Justice Park southward through the relevant blocks of Fourth Street. Specifically, they walked southward from Jefferson to Market to Main to Water Street and beyond. (Footnote 2)

Click on the map to enlarge it.

This large movement of counter-protesters might have attracted Fields to Fourth Street. I think he positioned his car to watch them walking southward.

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The counter-protesters had obtained a permit
to establish a base in Justice Park.

The counter-protesters erected some "medic tents" in Justice Park. (Footnote 3)

I suspect that the maroon van and the black truck were make-shift ambulances for these "medic tents" and that these two vehicles parked at the intersection of Fourth and Water to be ready for any fights that might happen in that area.

The reason why the counter-protesters turned northward on Fourth Street was that they were returning to their base in Justice Park. (Footnote 4)

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The counter-protesters had walked southward on Fourth Street
because of an unpredictable reason.

The 100 counter-protesters had walked southward on Fourth Street at 1:20 p.m. because they had been told that a racial confrontation was developing two blocks south of Water Street.

This situation was unpredictable. Various protesters and counter-protesters where fighting and wandering around in a rather large area of several blocks. The particular place and particular time of the supposed racial confrontation were rather random. (Footnote 5)

Therefore it's unlikely that there was any advance plan to send the 100 counter-protesters walking southward on Fourth Street at 1:20 p.m.

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Based on the above considerations, I summarize the situation as follows. Around noon, Fields walked a half-hour to get his car at McIntire Park and then drove into the town center, where he drove around for a while. At around 1:20 p.m. he saw a group of about 100 counter-protesters walking southward from Justice Park on Fourth Street, and so he idled his car at the intersection of Fourth and Market and watched them walking southward.

At around 1:40, the counter-protesters, having found that the reported racial confrontation was not happening, began walking northward on Fourth Street in order to return to Justice Park.

That is why Fields was on Fourth Street and why the counter-protesters were walking northward on Fourth Street.

The maroon van and black truck had been sent to the Fourth-Water intersection as a precaution by the people running the medic tents in Justice Park. That is why those two vehicles stood at that intersection for several minutes.

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Now I will summarize the evidence about the car's movements on Fourth Street before he drove into the crowd. Some evidence indicates that he moved forward and backward and idled for a rather long time -- perhaps two or more minutes. Perhaps he was interacting with some conspirators who were standing along the street and advising or signaling him.

People who wonder along those lines should recognize that before the car began driving into the crowd, only two moments were recorded on video (as far as the public knows). The surveillance camera of a restaurant at the intersection of Fourth Street and Main Street filmed the car drive through the intersection
1) forward and southward at about 1:40

2) backward and northward at about 1:41
The precise difference between those two moments was 70 seconds.

During that interval, Fields drove forward, southward into the crowd and then drove backward, northward away from the crowd. That forward and backward movement took about 45 seconds, according to a video made by Brennan Gilmore.


Therefore, only 25 seconds of those 70 seconds were not filmed. Perhaps Fields interacted with some conspirators along Fourth Street during those 25 seconds.

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The only other evidence about the movements of Fields' car on Fourth Street before the crash is eyewitness statements that are not available to the public. Some such statements were mentioned by Detective Steven Young during the preliminary hearing on December 14, 2017. Young apparently gave also some off-the-record statements to journalists, who therefore were able to add some details to their newspaper articles about the hearing.

However, this information about the car's pre-crash movements is so sketchy, disjointed, confused, second-hand and third-hand that it's practically worthless. Before the car was filmed by the restaurant camera driving south through the Fourth-Main intersection, we do not know any specific details about the car's movements -- when, where, how long, how far?

The publicly available evidence from the restaurant camera indicates only that Fields was south of the Fourth-Main intersection for 70 seconds, during which he drove into the crowd.

He was north of that intersection for a considerable time -- a minute or more? -- before he drove southward through the intersection. During that considerable time, he idled and drive forward and backward, according to eyewitnesses who said so to police investigators. That is essentially all the evidence about those car movements that is available to the public. We don't know any times, locations or distances.

Any speculation that Fields interacted with conspirators on Fourth Street is pure speculation, based on no facts at all.

For more details and discussion, read this blog's articles that precede this article.

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Footnote 1
Preliminary Hearing of James Fields, pages 32-43

Footnote 2
Independent Review of the 2017 Protest Events in Charlottesville, Virginia, pages 140-142

Footnote 3
Independent Review, page 123

Footnote 4
Independent Review, page 143

Footnote 5
Independent Review, pages 140-142

Monday, March 12, 2018

The Walk from Justice Park Southward on Fourth Street

For a while before 1:40 p.m. on August 12, 2017, James Fields was idling his car just north of the intersection of Fourth Street and Market Street in Charlottesville, Virginia. One block behind Fields, as he sat in his idling car at that intersection, was Justice Park, where a large group of anti-racism counter-protesters had established a base in accordance with a city permit. Within this base, so-called "medic tents" had been erected.

From south to north, the west-east streets are
Water, Main, Market and Jefferson
At about 1:40, Fields drove southward into a crowd of counter-protesters who were starting to walk northward from Water Street.

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The Independent Review of the 2017 Protest Events in Charlottesville, Virginia, reports that about 100 counter-protesters began to walk from Justice Park southward at 1:20 p.m.
VSP [Virginia State Police] helicopter footage shows a group of more than 100 counter-protesters leaving Justice Park around 1:20 p.m., walking south on 4th Street. As they passed through the intersection at Market Street, there was no officer present and they passed the small plastic sawhorse that stood to prevent southbound traffic.

They crossed the Downtown Mall and Water Street, went under the railroad tracks, then arrived at Garrett Street. Dan Haig, who was with the group from Justice Park, told us that when they arrived someone from the community ran out to tell them that the everything was safe and they should stop shouting.

The group stopped for a moment to regroup. At 1:30 p.m., the group continued west down Garrett Street, then turned right on 2nd Street SE and moved back towards Water Street.

[Page 142]
The 100 counter-protesters who departed from Justice Park at 1:20
were walking west on Garrett Street at 1:30
The 100 counter-protesters walked southward through the intersection of Fourth and Market at 1:23. By that time, a police sawhorse had been removed from the intersection's south side.

The intersection of Fourth and Market at 1:23 p.m.
The 100 counter-protesters walked from Justice Park southward to Garrett Street because they thought mistakenly that some militia members had gone to the vicinity of Friendship Court Apartments (see the bottom of this post's second map) to harass the residents, who were predominantly African-Americans. Because no such harassment was happening, the 100 counter-protesters walked north on 2nd Street, back toward the town's center. (Independent Review, pages 140-142)

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At about 1:35:30, a maroon minivan drove south from the intersection of Fourth and Market. It reached the intersection of Fourth and Water at about 1:36:00 and stopped there for five minutes.

At about 1:38:45, a black truck drove south from the intersection of Fourth and Market. It reached the intersection of Fourth and Water at about 1:39:15 and stopped alongside the maroon van.

(For the above times, see my previous article titled James Fields' Backward Movement Before He Drove into the Crowd.

I speculate that those two cars were related to the group of 100 counter-protesters that had walked from Justice Park to Friendship Court Apartments. Justice Park had some so-called "medic tents" (Independent Review, page 77), and perhaps those two vehicles were serving as make-shift ambulances and so were positioning themselves to help people who might be injured in future fights.

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It seems that the counter-protesters turned from Water Street northward onto Fourth Street because many of them intended to return to Justice Park, which they considered to be their base for the day.

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The actions of James Fields might be related to the counter-protesters' walk southward on Fourth Street. Their walk might have attracted his attention to Fourth Street. Perhaps some stragglers from Justice Park saw his backing-up and idling on Fourth Street, or perhaps some such stragglers even attacked him.

Monday, March 5, 2018

SonofNewo's Two Major Mistakes About the Charlottesville Incident

SonofNewo is the YouTube pseudonym of William Evans, who is an outstanding critic of the official account of the Charlottesville incident. (He himself has revealed his true name.)

SonofNewo's YouTube home page is there. A YouTube search for "SonofNewo Charlottesville" lists those videos.

I have been a regular viewer of SonofNewo's videos for about a half year. I generally appreciate and respect his intelligence and insights. I became interested in the Charlottesville incident because of his videos, and I have recommended to other people they they watch them.

One public service that SonofNewo has done was to make available on the Scribd website the transcript of the pretrial hearing of James Fields that took place on December 14, 2017.

I immediately began to study that transcript, and it has caused me to find more fault with SonofNewo's explanation of the Charlottesville incident. For a long time, I have sent him e-mails commenting in a civil manner on his videos. However, he has become suspicious of me, and so he recently blocked my e-mails.

For the record, I don't receive any money or other rewards for writing my opinions about the Charlottesville incident or about any other subject that I discuss in my several blogs. I never have earned any money from my blogs, and I have no plans to try to earn money from them.

Also, I don't have any private source of information. I have obtained all my information about the Charlottesville incident from the Internet -- and without any private guidance from anyone.

I have described myself in my Blogger profile.

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Here I will point out two major mistakes that SonofNewo makes in his explanation of the Charlottesville incident.

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Newspaper articles about the pretrial hearing are not better evidence about the hearing than the transcript is.

I don't know when SonofNewo obtained the hearing transcript, but I have the impression that there was a time when his only source of information about the hearing was newspaper articles about it. Since he does have the transcript now, he should treat the transcript as the most authoritative, currently available source of information about what was said and shown during the hearing  When there is a contradiction between the transcript and a newspaper article, then the transcript should be presumed correct and the article should be presumed mistaken.

I myself studied the transcript before I read any of the newspaper articles. When I did read the articles, I found that they included many mistakes about the hearing. For example, an AP News article about the hearing included the following passage:
Surveillance video from a restaurant showed the car head slowly in what Young testified was the direction of the counter-protesters, who were not in view of the camera. The car reversed before speeding forward into the frame again.
That statement is contradicted by the transcript, in which Detective Steven Young testified that the restaurant's surveillance camera filmed the car twice -- once driving forward and once driving backward. In particular, the video did not show the car "speeding forward into the frame".

I don't think that the AP News reporter is lying. Rather, I think that he simply misunderstood Young's testimony.

The above passage is merely one example of mistaken reporting about the hearing. I provided other examples in my previous article titled James Fields' Block-Long Backup on Fourth Street.

Reporters might have received and reported additional information in off-the-record conversations with knowledgeable officials. I appreciate any such additional information. However, when a journalistic report contradicts the transcript, then the journalistic report should be presumed to be mistaken.

Any journalistic report indicating that Fields' car was filmed passing through the restaurant camera's view more than twice -- 1) the first time forward southward, and then 2) the second time backward northward -- is mistaken.

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The restaurant video does not show the car driving south at a high rate of speed at 1:54:49.

During the pretrial hearing, some people in the audience caused two disturbances while the restaurant video was being shown. After the second disturbance, the prosecutor said she was resetting the video to 1:54:49.

SonofNewo thinks mistakenly that this moment in the video shows the car beginning to drive south at a high rate of speed".

The last bullet point is a mistake.
What the video actually shows after 1:43:49 is people running after the car, which already has driven southwards into the crowd and then backed up northwards through the restaurant camera's view. I explained this in my previous articles titled The Disturbances During the Pretrial Hearing and The Discrepancies Between the Camera Clocks. I will not repeat all that explanation here.

This mistake of SonofNewo was caused by his misreading of the following passage.
Judge
Quiet in the courtroom.

Bailiff
Quiet in the courtroom.

Judge
All right, he needs to go out. All of them.

Prosecutor
Your Honor, as you saw, that was the silver Dodge Challenger that drove south at a high rate of speed.

Judge
All right, once again, anybody else who makes a sound like that, out you go. All right.

Prosecutor
I’m pausing and starting again at 1:54:49 and Detective Young, you said it left view at a high rate of speed?

Detective Young
Yes. At this point, many people began to run after Mr. Fields and, at that point, encounter police as they ran east towards the police department.

(Page 32, lines 11 - 24)
When the prosecutor said Your Honor, as you saw, that was the silver Dodge Challenger that drove south at a high rate of speed, the prosecutor was reminding the judge about a set of facts that had been presented before that disturbance.
* The Dodge Challenger had driven south at a high rate of speed, according to eyewitnesses and to the helicopter video. The restaurant video had not shown the car driving southward at a high rate of speed.

* This same Dodge Challenger -- the one that had driven south at a high rate of speed according to eyewitnesses and to the helicopter video -- had been seen backing up northward in the restaurant video. Immediately when the restaurant video showed the car doing so, the second disturbance occurred in the courtroom.

* Before that disturbance in the courtroom, the restaurant video had shown that the car left view of the restaurant camera, backing up northwards at a high rate of speed.
Because of the courtroom disturbance, the prosecutor reset the video to 1:54:49, which was after the car already had backed up northward through the restaurant camera's view. Then the prosecutor showed the video's final part, which showed people running after the car.

I understand why SonofNewo interprets the above passage as he does, but his interpretation is mistaken. This one mistake has led to other mistakes in his analysis.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

The Discrepancies Between the Camera Clocks

During the pretrial hearing of James Fields, case agent Detective Young said that the clock

* of the helicopter camera was approximately 12 minutes fast (page 27, lines 9-10)

* of the camera of the Red Pump Kitchen (RPK) was approximately 13 minutes fast (page 29, lines 4-6).

Young did not specify what was the "correct" clock to which these two cameras were compared, but I assume that it was the clock of the Charlottesville Police Department's dispatch clock. Anyway, Young considers some one clock to be correct, according to which other clocks are deemed to be fast or slow.

At one point in his testimony, Young indicated that Fields drove into the crowd at approximately 1:40.
At approximately 1:40, many witnesses and victims describe the Dodge Challenger drive at a very high rate of speed, south on Fourth Street, striking many people and striking the white [Camry] ragtop sedan.
In all these estimates, Young uses the word approximately.
* The car crashed into the crowd at approximately 1:40

* The helicopter camera was approximately 12 minutes fast.

* The RPK camera was approximately 13 minutes fast.
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In another couple of passages, Young indicated that the car crashed into the crowd before 1:40. Since he rounds these times to the minute, he means that the impact happened between 1:39:30 and 1:40:00.

When talking about the RPK camera, Young said
We confirmed through the personnel at Red Pump Kitchen that this footage is ... approximately thirteen minutes fast, but if you fix the time ... just before 1:40 it becomes relevant.

(Page 29, lines 4 - 8)
The above statement indicates to me that Young had calculated that Fields drove into the crowd just before 1:40.

In another passage, Young mentioned that the police dispatcher broadcast the first report of the incident at approximately 1:40.
Prosecutor
At some point throughout the day, did you hear radio traffic for an incident that had occurred here in the City of Charlottesville at approximately Fourth Street and Water Street?

Detective Young
Yes.

Prosecutor
What were you able to hear just for purposes with what you did next?

Detective Young
So, the time I heard radio traffic, I was actually on foot at Emancipation Park. I heard an officer claim that many people were reporting that a vehicle struck a large crowd of people and that the vehicle fled the scene. ...

Prosecutor
Do you recall the time that this radio traffic was being related to you?

Detective Young
Approximately 1:40 p.m.
I assume that Young verified that this police report was broadcast at approximately 1:40, and so the car must have crashed into the crowd just before 1:40.

By interviewing the police officer who reported the crash to the radio dispatcher, Young could have determined that that police officer reported the crash less than, say, 30 seconds after the crash occurred.

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Let's suppose for the sake of argument that, in precise times, Fields drove into the crowd at 1:39:30, that a police officer at the scene sent a radio report to the radio dispatcher at 1:39:45, and then the radio dispatcher broadcast the first report, which Young himself heard, at 1:40:00.

The only precise times that Young would know for sure would be the 1:39:45 and the 1:40:00 times, because those two precise times would have been recorded by the dispatch system in accordance with the dispatch clock.

The 13:39:30 time would be an estimate that the police officer at the scene later told Young that he sent a radio report to the dispatcher about 15 seconds after Fields drove into the crowd.

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The helicopter's video shows Fields driving into the crowd. If Young determined that moment to be 12:39:30, and if the helicopter camera's clock showed the moment to be 13:51:30, then Fields could estimate that the helicopter's camera was running approximately 12 minutes fast, compared to the dispatch clock.

The helicopter crashed. If the helicopter camera survived and its clock continued to run, then Young could have compared the helicopter camera's clock to the police dispatch clock and measured the time discrepancy.

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During the investigation, Young could have compared the RPK camera's clock to the police dispatch clock.

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However, Young was not able to synchronize all these events and clocks precisely, to the second. That is why Fields had to say rather imprecisely that
* Fields drove into the crowd just before 13:40

* Young heard the dispatcher broadcast at approximately 1:40

* Although Fields' car, after the crash, backed northwards into the RPK camera's view when its clock showed 13:54:06, this camera's clock ran approximately 13 minutes fast.
If I correct the RPK time by precisely 13:00:00 minutes, then the corrected time is 13:41:06. However, the actual precise time might be as much as 30 seconds earlier or later, because Young's 13-minute discrepancy is rounded to the whole number 13.

In other words, although the RPK camera showed the car backing northward into the camera's view at the camera's precise clock time of 13:54:06 (corrected precisely to 13:41:06), the actual precise time might have been 30 seconds either way -- anywhere between 13:40:36 and 13:41:36.

Roughly in time, Fields drove into the crowd just before 13:40 and then backed northward into the RPK camera's view at approximately 13:41.

The Disturbances During the Pretrial Hearing

During the pretrial hearing of James Fields, there were two disturbances in the audience while case agent Detective Young was showing the video from the surveillance camera of the Red Pump Kitchen (RPK). The hearing transcript indicates the disturbances but does not reveal what the disturbers were saying. The transcript includes the following two passages:
Judge Downer
Quiet in the courtroom.

Bailiff
Quiet in the courtroom.

Judge Downer
All right, he needs to go out. All of them.

(Page 32, lines 11 - 14 )
... and ...
Judge Downer
All right, once again, anybody else who makes a sound like that, out you go. All right.

(Page 32, lines 17 - 18)
The disturbances are explained in a newspaper article titled James Fields of Ohio now facing first-degree murder charge in Charlottesville car attack Aug. 12 written by Ned Oliver and published by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The article includes the following passages.
The video was too much for some of the victims of the Aug. 12 car attack to bear: James Alex Fields drives his 2010 Dodge Challenger toward a crowd of protesters, stops, reverses, and then, with even more room to build up momentum, speeds toward the mass of people.

Prosecutors played the footage during a court hearing Thursday to help make the case for upgraded charges against Fields — who now stands accused of first-degree murder, which requires premeditation ....

It was the first time the video, captured by a restaurant’s security cameras, had been viewed publicly, and the courtroom stirred with anger at the moment when Fields is seen backing away in what prosecutors presented as an apparent windup to the attack.

Three of about 20 victims who attended the proceedings abruptly left as the judge and bailiffs called for order.

“I’ve got to go; take me out,” shouted one man who was struck in the attack ...
The disturbers were angry because Fields allegedly had backed up to give himself a better starting position before he drove into the crowd.

Right before the first disturbance, Detective Young had said:
At this point, you’ve got many witnesses testify that the Challenger began to back up, assuming that it would head back onto Market Street and leave the area.

(Page 32, lines 8 - 10)
Then Young continued showing the RPK video to the court. When the video showed the car backing up -- after it had crashed into the crowd -- through the RPK camera's view, the second disturbance happened.

It seems from the above article and from the transcript that people left the courtroom only after the first disturbance.

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The second disturbance happened as the RPK video showed the car backing up after it had crashed into the crowd.

Because of the second disturbance. the last part of the video was shown to the court again. The last part showed the video after Fields had backed up through the camera's view. In the video's last part, no vehicles were seen.
Prosecutor
I’m pausing and starting again at 1:54:49 and, Detective Young, you said it left view at a high rate of speed?

Detective Young
Yes. At this point, many people began to run after Mr. Fields ...

(Page 32, lines 19 - 23)
Because the RPK clock ran approximately 13 minutes fast, the time 13:54:49 is corrected to 13:41:49.

In an earlier statement, Young had said that the car backed up through the camera's view at 13:54:06 (corrected to 13:41:06).

In other words:
* At 13:54:06 (13:41:06), the car, after the crash, backed up into the view of the RPK camera.

* After 13:54:49 (13:41:49), no cars were seen in this last part of the video. Rather, people were seen running after Fields.
It is not true that the car began to drive forward again at 13:54:49 (13:41:49).

Fields' Drive Forward After His Long Backup

In a previous post titled James Fields' Block-Long Backup on Fourth Street, I argued that Fields first pre-crash backup was quite long and placed him north of Market Street. I provided wto speculative illustrations. In the first illustration, the car begins its backup close to Main Street, and in the second, the car begins in the middle of the Main-Market block. Both illustrations show the backup ending north of Market Street.

A backup beginning close to Main Street

A backup beginning in the middle
of the Main-Market block
When Fields did this long backup, his car still had not passed by the surveillance camera of the Red Pump Kitchen (RPK). In other words, Fields had turned from Market Street south onto Fourth Street and had driven much of the way to Main Street, but not far enough to enter the RPK camera's view. Then Fields stopped and backed up through the Fourth-Market intersection and then idled his car north of that intersection.

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Fields' car was seen idling north of the Fourth-Market intersection by two men, Chris Mahony and Brennan Gilmore. Mahony's public statements have been collected in a SonofNewo video, which I will embed below in this post here. Based on Mahony's statements, I speculate the following sequence of events.
* Mahony and Gilmore were walking east on the north side of Market from Emancipation Park toward the Fourth-Market intersection. When they reached the the Fourth-Market intersection, they noticed that Fields' car was idling north of the intersection although the traffic light was green.

* Mahony and Gilmore turned south onto Fourth Street.

* About 20 seconds later, Mahony saw the Pie Chest cafe on the street's west side. Mahony went into the cafe while Gilmore continued to walk south.
Click on the image to enlarge it.
* About 45 seconds later, Gilmore passed Main Street and stopped well south of the Fourth-Main intersection.

* Fields drove his car south and through the Fourth-Main intersection. The RPK camera's clock was at 13:52:56. Since the clock ran approximately 13 minutes fast, the time is corrected to 13:39:56.

* At the moment when the car passed beyond the camera's view, the 1:10 minute interval began.

* Fields stopped behind Gilmore, who was standing in the middle of the street and looking south toward the counter-protesters, who had begun to walk north on Fourth.

* Mahony came out of the Pie Chest and began walking south to catch up with Gilmore.

* After idling for a short while, Fields backed up his car into the Fourth-Main intersection and stopped.

* Fields revved his engine loudly. Surprised, Gilmore jumped to the side of the street and turned around to look. Gilmore began filming as Fields' car sped by, south toward the crowd of counter-protesters.

* Mahony heard the car fly over a speed bump. He began to rush south.

* After crashing into the crowd, Fields backed up.

* The 1:10 interval ended as the car backed north through the Fourth-Main intersection. The RPK clock showed  13:54:06, which is corrected to 13:41:06.

* Mahony still is in the middle of the Main-Market block, and he photographs the car as it continues to back up toward Market.

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In Gilmore's video, the duration of Fields' drive south and then back into the Fourth-Main intersection is about 45 seconds.

Since the car was out of the RPK camera's view for 70 seconds (1:10 minute), the car was idling and backing up behind Gilmore for about (70 - 45 = ) 25 seconds.

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SonofNewo collected the following statements made publicly by Mahony. (Click on any image to enlarge it.)

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Shortly after the incident on August 12, 2017, Mahony was standing in the Fourth-Main intersection, where he told a reporter the following.

Mahoney's first statement on August 12
The car was, we [Brennan and Chris] were walking down the road [points up 4th Street]. You can see back up there, we were walking down the road to join these protesters, down here [points at crash shite]. And we saw the car whizz straight past us, full throttle effectively ... Maybe 40-50 miles per hour. I usually work in kilometers. It slammed into the crowd. And then we started moving quickly down to try to help people, and we saw it slam back through.
When Mahony said we saw the car whizz straight past us, he meant that Brennan saw that happen.

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Later on August 12, Mahony said the following.

Mahony's second statement on August 12
We were walking down the road as Brennan mentioned [points north up 4th Street]. But we came around the corner, and you could see the car just over the other side of the road, just sat there, looking down the road. And as you said, the protesters were coming down 4th Street. So I thought that's a bit strange, there didn't seem to be any other cars stopping him from going. And then, of course, moments later we heard a car going incredibly fast, down the road, and saw it plow into the crowd, and then it reversed back, and then some of us ran after the car to take a photo.
Some people claim that a video shows Mahony standing in the Main-Market block and photographing Fields' car as the car backs up during Fields' getaway.

Mahony might be the man in the purple shirt photographing the car.
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On August 13, Mahony said the following:

Mahony's first statement on August 13
We [Brennan and I] walked past the car, which was stopped at the top of the hill, looking down the street toward the protesters. And I thought it was strange, because it was at an intersection, it had a green light, but it wasn't going through the intersection, and there were no other cars around. And I didn't think of it again, and began walking down the road towards the anti-racism protesters, who we were going to join. And then maybe 10 to 20 seconds later, the car flew past us.
The last sentence does NOT fit with my hypothesized sequence of events. It's fair for someone to say that Mahony might be lying here for some reason.

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Later on August 13, Mahony said the following:

Mahony's second statement on August 13
We [Brennan and I] actually walked past the car, which was at the top of the hill looking down the street at the protesters. And I thought to myself, "It's strange", because the car was at an intersection but wasn't driving through the intersection. It had a green light, and it was just sat there. And I didn't think much more of it, but then 20 seconds or so laer, it came screaming past us and into the crowd of protesters.
Again, this last sentence about the 20 seconds does NOT fit with my hypothesized sequence of events.

This statement is a major problem for my explanation. A possible explanation is that Mahony has told his story so many times that he began tell his story in a rushed and sloppy manner.

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Still later on August 13, Mahony said the following.

Mahony's third statement on August 13
First I saw the car at the top of the hill, before it came down. We walked past it. And I thought it was very strange that the car wasn't going through the intersection. It was sat there at the traffic light, no other cars around, but with a green light. Tinted windows.

And I didn't think too much. I walked down the road, and maybe 10 to 20 seconds later, I saw a coffee shop that I thought might be open, walked off the middle of the road, and then heard it hit the speed bump and sort of bounce.

And then I looked back and saw it go through the next block and then plow into the group of people.

I was right next to your previous guest, Brennan, who was taking the footage at the time.
Here Mahony clarifies that the "10 to 20 seconds" is the duration of his walk from the Fourth-Market intersection to the Pie Chest coffee shop.

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For a different interpretation of the evidence, watch the following two SonofNewo videos.


At about 5:38 in the second video, SonofNewo shows where the RPK camera was mounted.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Detective Young's Statement About the Surveillance Camera of the Red Pump Kitchen

I just now noticed in the transcript of the pretrial hearing of James Fields the following statement by Detective Steven Young about the Red Pump Kitchen's (RPK) surveillance camera that filmed a video that he showed during the hearing. The statement is on page 29, lines 13-17. Click on the image to enlarge it.

... if you can pause it [the RPK video]. This is 4th Street NE. Just south of here is the pedestrian mall, and what you're seeing now is a camera affixed to Red Pump Kitchen, facing the 100 block of 4th Street NE.
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This causes a problem for me, because I have guessed that the camera covered roughly the following area.



My resolution of this problem is that I think Young meant to say that the restaurant -- not the camera -- faced the 100 block of Fourth Street.

However, Young indeed might have meant that the camera was pointed toward that 100 block. If so, then my guess about the camera's coverage is mistaken.

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Correction on March 3, 2018

At about 5:38 in the following video, SonofNewo shows where the RPK camera was mounted.