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Lanktree writes: "Police in Charlottesville, Virginia, have an arrest warrant out for an African-American man who was beaten during a violent white supremacist in rally in the city in August."

DeAndre Harris (center) was left bloodied after being attacked by a group of white nationalists in Charlottesville on August 12. (photo: SIPA USA/REX/Shutterstock)
DeAndre Harris (center) was left bloodied after being attacked by a group of white nationalists in Charlottesville on August 12. (photo: SIPA USA/REX/Shutterstock)


Black Man Attacked at White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville Faces Felony Charge

By Graham Lanktree, Newsweek

10 October 17

 

olice in Charlottesville, Virginia, have an arrest warrant out for an African-American man who was beaten during a violent white supremacist in rally in the city in August.

Twenty-year-old DeAndre Harris is now wanted by police. He appeared in a widely circulated video on social media being beaten with sticks by a group of men during the August 12 “Unite the Right” rally that left counterprotester Heather Heyer dead and dozens injured after they were rammed by a car.

Harris is accused of attacking one of the men who beat him.

A judge has issued a warrant for the arrest of DeAndre Harris, 20, who was beaten during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12. Dre Harris/GoFundMe

A judge issued the warrant for Harris, who is accused of malicious wounding after “the victim went to the magistrate’s office, presented the facts of what occurred and attempted to obtain the warrant,” said a Charlottesville Police Department release.

A detective at the department verified the accuser's story, and the judge issued the warrant.

Civil rights lawyer Lee Merritt, who is representing Harris, told broadcaster WCPO 9 his client will turn himself in within 24 hours and that the charge is “clearly retaliatory” after Harris and several other activists used social media to identify the suspects. In September, Merritt launched a crowdfunding page to identify Harris’s attackers.

Two men, Alex Michael Ramos and Daniel Borden, have both been charged with malicious wounding for attacking Harris.

In August, The Washington Post reported that Harris swung a flashlight and may have struck a white supremacist who tried to spear him with the pole of a Confederate flag while he was being attacked. It’s not clear if this is the same person who sought the warrant against Harris.

“I was diagnosed with a concussion, an ulnar fracture, and had to receive eight staples in my head,” Harris wrote on a crowdfunding page to raise money for his medical bills following the attack. “I also have a laceration across my right eyebrow, abrasions on my knees & elbows, and a chipped tooth,” he said.

The page raised $166,055, more than tripling its original $50,000 goal. “I'm so blessed to be alive to tell my story and to show the world that racism is very much still alive,” Harris said.

After the rally, President Donald Trump drew criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike for saying that “both sides” were responsible for violence during the rally. It was attended by avowed neo-Nazis and members of the KKK. Trump’s response was praised by white supremacists.

The arrest warrant for Harris follows another protest in Charlottesville on Saturday, October 8, organized by white nationalist Richard Spencer. He was joined by leaders in neo-Nazi groups and the white nationalist organization Identity Evropa.

In the August event that led to violence, about 30 men encircled a statue of Confederate Civil War General Robert E. Lee to prevent it from being relocated. The group chanted, “We will be back."


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+24 # bread and butter 2017-10-10 21:16
I just KNEW this COULDN'T have had something to do with being counter accused by his attempted murderers.

Next, conservatives will call him a 6'3" "giant thug". Once that's done, he's guilty. It no longer matters if he's actually 4'11". It no longer matters if he's 12 years old. It no longer matters if he's being nearly beaten to death by actual thugs on video.

Try that in any other scenario, and see how much traction it gets you.
 
 
+1 # boredlion 2017-10-10 22:48
The Virginia judge - too bad he's not identified - is obviously unhappy that lynching is no longer legal. Or maybe he's angling for AG Jefferson Beauregard Sessions' job.
 
 
+3 # SusanT136 2017-10-11 05:27
“A detective at the department verified the accuser's story, and the judge issued the warrant.”

I’d love to know what was involved in “verifying” the accusers story. If there is no video or photos, only testimony from other racist attendees of the rally, you would think it will be thrown out in court. There’s no proof these injuries didn’t come from other scuffles which these people were eager and well prepared for. Otherwise why wait so long to report it? And doesn’t it seem a bit ridiculous to say you were hit with a flashlight during broad daylight?
 
 
+7 # Kootenay Coyote 2017-10-11 08:39
Of course, no charges: Harris was a vicious black man who cruelly hit his attackers’ clubs with his face.
 
 
+8 # they said what? 2017-10-11 08:56
Amen to the comments by bread and butter.

Articles in FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) and in RSN have pointed out how articles reporting these events create false equivalencies (violence on both sides), use the passive tense to avoid assigning blame (someone was killed by a car), and make the victim guilty (the black man who was killed by the white man had a history of robbery).

This Newsweek article was fairly decent, but "In the August event that led to violence" lets the racist white nationalists off the hook. I guess, as bread and butter would say with more wit, a car ran into a person (instead of a white nationalist ran his car into the crowd and killed an anti-fascist woman).
 
 
+2 # bread and butter 2017-10-11 18:57
Thank you!

Their selective use of the word "terrorism" is pretty transparent. If we can't call it "terrorism". We've removed any motivation behind it. Then we can set it aside as another "argument between many sides".
 

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