Arrest warrant issued for Black victim brutally beaten at Charlottesville rally

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11 October, 2017

Harris, 20, had been protesting the white nationalist rally when he exchanged words with six neo-Nazis who then attacked him - repeatedly beating him with large yellow poles in a parking garage near the Charlottesville Police Station and leaving him unconscious.

The black man who was seen being beaten up in a parking garage at the August white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia is now facing a felony charge for the incident.

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

Two other men are charged with malicious wounding for allegedly attacking Harris, according to local reports.

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

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Harris' lawyer, Lee Merritt, told WCPO the charge was a "clearly retaliatory" effort by white supremacists after Harris used social media to help identify suspects in the beating. Yet, the Charlottesville Police Department issued a warrant to arrest Harris on October 9.

A magistrate issued the warrant Monday. "Every time I went to stand up I was knocked back down", Harris has said about the attack, according to BuzzFeed.

Last month, a judge denied bond for Alex Michael Ramos, 33, of Jackson, Georgia, who is charged in the felonious assault of Harris, who said he suffered a concussion, a broken ulna and had eight staples to close a scalp wound.

So far, federal authorities have taken no action to identify the man holding what appears to be a 9mm Glock semi-automatic handgun threatening Harris, despite high-resolution photos supplied by Roberts to the FBI.

Harris's accuser has opted to remain anonymous but has been described as a member of the white supremacist group. "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. Harris will turn himself in in the next coming days, Merritt said. "I also have a laceration across my right eyebrow, abrasions on my knees & elbows, and a chipped tooth".

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