Virginia Magistrate Seeks Arrest of Man Beaten During White Supremacist Rally


Virginia Magistrate Seeks Arrest of Man Beaten During White Supremacist Rally

DeAndre Harris, the 20-year-old Black man who was brutally attacked by a group of white supremacists in Charlottesville, will reportedly face a felony charge in connection with the event, according to The Washington Post.

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.

The victim of the alleged attack attempted to obtain a warrant at the magistrate's office in person.

Nearly two months after the rally took place, Harris is facing an unlawful wounding charge. He continued to say it's "highly unusual" that the charge came from a Magistrate and not the police, and also said the accuser tried to implicate Harris prior. Not only is [the victim] charged with a crime but he's charged at the same level as the men who broke his bones, who caused serious bodily injuries, caused him to get 18 staples in his head ... the men who beat him within an inch of his life. The magistrate contacted police, Upman said, who verified facts and issued the warrant.

What happened to Harris that day in Charlottesville quickly went viral on social media after photos captured by journalist Zach D. Roberts, showing Harris being beaten with poles by the group of thugs quickly went viral. The warrant against Harris stems from accusations that he attacked someone, which led to the beating inside the garage.

White supremacists on Twitter appeared to celebrate the warrant Monday evening; one white nationalist appeared to validate Merritt's claim there had been a group effort within the community to collect evidence that would get Harris arrested.

Harris has said the attack left him with a concussion, a gash on his head that required almost a dozen staples, and other injuries. "I chipped my tooth", Harris said.

At a court hearing in September, Ramos's attorney said "it may have been Mr. Harris who struck the first blow in that fracas", according to the Daily Progress.



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