Friday, 20 October, 2017

Black Man Beaten During Charlottesville Rally Charged With Felony

Deandre Harris wanted for unlawful wounding Charlottesville magistrate issues warrant for black victim of parking garage beating
Wilma Wheeler | 11 October, 2017, 00:25

A man seen being beaten on video inside the east Market Street Parking Garage on August 12 is now facing a felony charge.

A local magistrate judge has reportedly issued a warrant on charges of unlawful wounding in connection to a subsequent incident that took place during the same rally, where Harris allegedly attacked a man in the group that severely beat him.

The beating, which was captured on camera and quickly spiraled across the internet, occurred after a white supremacist tried to spear a counter-protester with a flag pole, the Washington Post reported in August.

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

Zach Roberts, for Truthout, spoke with Lee Merritt, Harris's attorney and a legal specialist on police brutality and corruption.

Harris's accuser has opted to remain anonymous but has been described as a member of the white supremacist group.

Harris hit with wooden sticks, kicked and stomped by six people in a parking garage during the August rally.

Charlottesville police have charged two of Harris's attackers, but only after a national campaign demanded they do so.

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

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.

"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. Harris incurred injuries that required him to have eight staples into his head. "I also have a laceration across my right eyebrow, abrasions on my knees & elbows, and a chipped tooth".

At a court hearing in September, Ramos's attorney said "it may have been Mr. Harris who struck the first blow in that fracas", according to the Daily Progress.

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