Black man beaten at white supremacist rally in Charlottesville faces felony charge

Saul Bowman
October 11, 2017

The brutal attack on Harris went viral rather quickly due to the severity of the attack, where he was being beaten by a group of white supremacists with poles at a parking garage near the University of Virginia campus.

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.

DeAndre Harris, 20, was charged with unlawful wounding in the August 12 rally that turned violent. Two men were later identified from the video and both charged with a felony of malicious wounding. The charge being leveled against Harris is an unlawful wounding charge. Yet, the Charlottesville Police Department issued a warrant to arrest Harris on October 9. The warrant was issued from a magistrate. "Every time I went to stand up I was knocked back down", Harris has said about the attack, according to BuzzFeed.

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

"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", he said, adding that his client would turn himself into police in the coming days.

What was Harris's reaction to the warrant?

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.

According to The Root, "Harris' head injuries were so severe that he required eight staples. I also have a laceration across my right eyebrow, abrasions on my knees & elbows, and a chipped tooth". At a court hearing for Ramos last month, his attorney reportedly said it may have been Harris who "struck the first blow in that fracas". Ramos even stated, "There were some non-racist members who were going to a free speech rally".

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