WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The young black man beaten in Charlottesville by white supremacists is now facing a felony charge in connection with the incident.
- DeAndre Harris was brutally attacked in a parking garage after a “Unite the Right” rally on Aug. 12.
- Now, the 20-year-old Harris has been charged with wounding a white nationalist during the same rally while some of his attackers remain at large.
The black man who was severely beaten by white supremacists after a Charlottesville rally is DeAndre Harris. He suffered a spinal injury and a head laceration that needed 10 stitches. The police are still searching for some of the white men who kicked and pounded him on the ground.
On Monday, a local magistrate has issued a warrant of arrest on Harris after a charge of unlawful wounding. The accuser, Harold Ray Crews, claimed that he was injured by Harris during the August rally.
On his Twitter account, Crews describes himself as a “Southern Nationalist” and an attorney.
S. Lee Merritt, Harris’s attorney, criticized the charge and said “it was organized by the League of the South, an organization named by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group”. Crews heads the organization’s North Carolina chapter. Merritt said that Crews was not harmed “in any way” by his client.
“We find it highly offensive and upsetting,” Merritt said, “but what’s more jarring is that he’s been charged with the same crime as the men who attacked him.”
The attack on Harris was captured in a video and has gone viral symbolizing racial hatred. White supremacists, Klan members, and neo-Nazis clashed with counter-protesters. The brawl caused the death of a counter-protester, Heather Heyer.
The video was vital in identifying Harris’ attackers. Out of six, two of them have been arrested. Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King said he was shocked that Harris has been charged.
“I am disgusted that the justice system bent over backwards to issue a warrant for one of the primary victims of that day, when I and others had to fight like hell to get that same justice system to prosecute people who were vicious in their attacks against Harris and others. Now, we’re seeing white supremacists celebrate on social media, bragging about Harris’s arrest. They’re hailing this as a victory,” King said.
Hunter Wallace, a known white nationalist, tweeted this: “Did you hear the news? DeAndre Harris is going to jail. Yeah, he is being booked this morning. His whole story was another race hoax.”
In the video of the attack, the white man identified as Crews tries to hit a counter-protester using a Confederate flag pole. Harrris responded by swinging a flashlight at Crews, looking like he was about to strike him. But Harris’s attorney said that the flashlight did not “ make significant contact” and that Crews was injured in a separate event that did not involve Harris.