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

Violet Powell
October 11, 2017

An arrest warrant has been issued for Deandre Harris, the 20-year-old African American man who was brutally attacked at the white supremacist rally that took place in Charlottesville, VA on August 12.

A Charlottesville police detective verified the victim's story, and a warrant for unlawful wounding was issued.

To date, two suspects have been reportedly arrested in connection to the Harris attack, Daniel Borden and Alex Michael Ramos.

Lt. Stephen Upman said that an unnamed alleged victim detailed the events that occurred prior to the beating of Harris.

S. Lee Merritt, a civil attorney for Harris, told The Washington Post the charge was "clearly retaliatory" and described the accuser as a member of a white supremacist group.

Police said an update on Harris's case will be provided once the 20-year-old Suffolk man is arrested.

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.

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The magistrate had a Charlottesville detective verify the facts in the warrant. "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 said.

According to reports, it is odd for a warrant to be rendered by magistrates instead of the police themselves.

Harris was attacked by a swarm of people in the Market Street Parking Garage, and several individuals have been charged in the beating.

What was Harris's reaction to the warrant? He also suffered a broken wrist and a chipped tooth. Harris will turn himself in in the next coming days, Merritt said.

According to The Root, "Harris' head injuries were so severe that he required eight staples".

Ramos and Borden are due back in Charlottesville General District Court on Thursday, as is Richard Wilson Preston, a Baltimore Ku Klux Klan leader who is accused of firing a gun during the rally.

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