Black man attacked at white nationalist rally faces felony charge

Charlottesville magistrate issues warrant for black victim of parking garage beating

A young African-American man, DeAndre Shakur Harris-a school teacher-got stomped by a gang of white supremacists in a parking garage during the Nazi Rally in Charlottesville. Two men were later identified from the video and both charged with a felony of malicious wounding. "The victim went to the Magistrate's office, presented the facts of what occurred and attempted to obtain the warrant".

"Harris' attorney, Lee Merritt, said that the charge was" clearly retaliatory".

The police don't have sufficient probable cause to charge Harris, his lawyer said. Photos and videos of his attack and a skirmish with others can be found online. Yet, the Charlottesville Police Department issued a warrant to arrest Harris on October 9. The magistrate issued the warrant Monday after consulting with police.

"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.

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. The warrant against Harris stems from accusations that he attacked someone, which led to the beating inside the garage. He suffered a concussion, a gash on his head that required almost a dozen staples, and other injuries.

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. He said the attackers also broke his wrist, chipped his tooth and split open his lip.

However, as WCPO notes, white supremacists on Twitter appeared to be celebrating the issuance of the warrant on Monday, with one white nationalist appearing to claim that it was a group effort to collect evidence on Harris. "There were some non-racist members who were going to a free speech rally".

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