Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

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

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

Video of that assault went viral in the aftermath of the violent white supremacist rally earlier this year.

How exactly it came about that Harris became the wanted man in this situation was not made public, but the Charlottesville police promised that there would be an explanation following the arrest.

A black man who was brutally beaten in a parking garage during a deadly far right-wing rally in Charlottesville in August is now facing an arrest warrant, Virginia police said Monday.

A local magistrate issued an arrest warrant on Monday for DeAndre Harris, 20, who is being charged with one count of malicious wounding, according to local reports.

"The victim went to the Magistrate's office, presented the facts of what occurred and attempted to obtain the warrant". A Charlottesville Police Department detective did respond, verified the facts and a warrant for Unlawful Wounding (Va Code 18.2-51) was issued.

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In September, King and Harris' lawyer, Lee Merritt, launched a fundraiser to help identify the remaining attackers after they said police had not done enough to pursue them.

He described the victim as a member of a white supremacist group and maintained that his client did not instigate the fight.

DeAndre Harris, 20, was charged with unlawful wounding in the August 12 rally that turned violent.

Videos from the scene showed a white supremacist thrusting a Confederate flag pole at a counterprotester and Harris swinging a flashlight at the man. Harris suffered a concussion and a head laceration that required 10 staples. According to a post on Roberts' social media dates October 9, he has yet to be "interviewed by Charlottesville police department or the FBI" regarding the brutal beating that he witnessed Harris take by the group of white supremacist. During the demonstrations, a vehicle plowed into a group of counterprotesters, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring many others.

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