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Police issue warrant for black man beaten at Virginia rally


Deandre Harris, the black man seen being beaten on video by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Va. during the "Unite the Right" rally in August, is now facing a felony charge.

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

In the days following the attack, two men were arrested and charged with malicious wounding: 18-year-old Daniel Borden, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Alex Ramos, 33, of Marrietta, Georgia, according to WVIR-TV.

Lt. Stephen Upman says the alleged victim told the magistrate's office, a judicial office in Virginia, what happened.

Harris's attorney, S. Lee Merritt, told the Washington Post that the charge levied against his client is "clearly retaliatory".


The Charlottesville Police released a statement detailing the charge against Harris. Video of that assault went viral in the aftermath of the violent white supremacist rally earlier this year.

"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 told the newspaper. The warrant was issued from a magistrate.

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

Harris was marching in opposition to the rally on August 12 when a scuffle broke out between a group of white supremacists and several counterprotesters at a downtown parking garage. He called the warrant "highly unusual", since the police department is usually tasked with issuing the arrest warrant, not a magistrate. The warrant against Harris stems from accusations that he attacked someone, which led to the beating inside the garage. He said the attackers also broke his wrist, chipped his tooth and split open his lip. Harris incurred injuries that required him to have eight staples into his head. "There were some non-racist members who were going to a free speech rally".

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