A Black Man Beaten By White Nationalists In Charlottesville Is Facing Charges

April FrancisOct 11, 2017

Harris, 20, had been protesting the white nationalist rally when he exchanged words with six neo-Nazis who then attacked him - repeatedly beating him with large yellow poles in a parking garage near the Charlottesville Police Station and leaving him unconscious.

Deandre Harris, a black man whose brutal beating at the hands of Charlottesville white supremacists was captured on video, is now wanted on charges of unlawful wounding in connection to the August 12 incident.

A Virginia magistrate issued the warrant for Deandre Harris, 20, who is now wanted on charges of unlawful wounding in connection with the August 12 incident, according to WCPO-TV.

According to WVIR-TV, Harris is being charged with one count of malicious wounding for reportedly injuring an as-yet unidentified accuser. A detective went to the magistrate and confirmed the victim's claims.

Harris' lawyer, Lee Merritt, told WCPO the charge was a "clearly retaliatory" effort by white supremacists after Harris used social media to help identify suspects in the beating.

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Merritt said that Harris would turn himself over to police within 24 hours.

"We find it highly offensive and upsetting, but what's more jarring is that he's been charged with the same crime as the men who attacked him", Merritt told the newspaper.

After news broke of the arrest warrant against Harris on Monday, white nationalists openly celebrated on Twitter. The magistrate contacted police, Upman said, who verified facts and issued the warrant. Photos and videos of his attack and a skirmish with others can be found online. Two of his attackers were charged with malicious wounding in September. "I chipped my tooth", Harris said. Harris received a concussion and a cut on his head that required 10 stitches, as well as other minor injuries.

Ramos's attorney, John Joyce, said Harris had been involved in scuffles during the rally and told a judge "it may have been Mr. Harris who struck the first blow in that fracas".

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