Black man beaten at white nationalist rally faces felony charge

Charlottesville magistrate issues warrant for black victim of parking garage beating

Charlottesville magistrate issues warrant for black victim of parking garage beating

Police in Charlottesville, Virginia, have issued a warrant charging a black man beaten at a white nationalist rally for an alleged assault during the confrontation.

White supremacists beat Black schoolteacher DeAndre Harris in a parking garage in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017.

In a statement, the Charlottesville Police Department said that DeAndre Harris, 20, was wanted for unlawful wounding in connection with the August 12 assault, according to NBC affiliate WVIR.

Lt. Stephen Upman says the alleged victim told the magistrate's office, a judicial office in Virginia, what happened. Police said that a person claimed they were injured by Harris during the protest.

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.

Merritt added that the warrant is "highly unusual", saying that they are typically issued by the police department instead a magistrate.

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A magistrate issued the warrant Monday.

Stills of the fight in which Harris is seen on the ground bloodied and bruised while being physically attacked by white racists went viral, with many working diligently to identify those involved.

"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 Washington Post. The warrant against Harris stems from accusations that he attacked someone, which led to the beating inside the garage. Harris told media he had suffered injuries from the beating including lacerations to his head, a concussion, a broken wrist, and a chipped tooth.

Ramos and Borden are due back in Charlottesville General District Court on Thursday, as is Richard Wilson Preston, a Baltimore Ku Klux Klan leader who is accused of firing a gun during the rally.

Merritt maintained his client did not instigate the fight and would turn himself in to police in the coming days.

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