Tuesday, October 10, 2017

From the street to the courtroom: Magistrate issues arrest warrant for black man beaten at white nationalist rally in Charlottesville

A black man brutally beaten at a white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville is now facing a felony charge related to the August attack.

A local magistrate issued an arrest warrant for DeAndre Harris on Monday after an accuser, whom police have not identified, claimed to have been wounded by the 20-year-old during the brawl, authorities told local media.

S. Lee Merritt, a civil attorney for Harris, told The Washington Post the charge was “clearly retaliatory” and described the accuser as a member of a white supremacist group. He maintained that Harris did not instigate the fight.

“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.  (more...)

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