*Damn, ain’t this about a blip or whatever the street saying is. In other words, it’s a case of irony or ridiculousness that we have on our hands.
Remember the young black man that was beaten senselessly by a mob of white nationalists in Charlottesville back in August? Well, according to authorities in Virginia, he’s now facing arrest.
In a statement, the Charlottesville Police Department said that DeAndre Harris, 20, is wanted for unlawful wounding in connection with the August 12 assault, according to NBC affiliate WVIR. In other words, he’s being charged with defending himself during the brawl.
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,” Merrit said.
The beating, which was captured on camera, occurred after a white supremacist tried to spear a counter-protester with a flag pole, the Post reported in August.
Then, Harris — a former special education instructional assistant — swung a flashlight at the man, possibly striking him.
After that, an account of the beating posted to a fundraising website started by Harris, said that he was chased and repeatedly knocked unconscious.
The arrest warrant against Harris was issued after an unidentified victim went to a local magistrate’s office, offering an account of the apparent wounding that was later verified by a detective, the statement said.
As of now, Harris is not in custody, the statement said, and efforts to reach him or his lawyer were not immediately successful.
“Every time I went to stand up I was knocked back down,” Harris’ online account says, adding that he said he suffered several serious injuries.
After the assault, activist and columnist Shaun King, cteated a campaign to identify Harris’ assailants. After cross-referencing images of the attackers with photos taken from the rally, King began crowd-sourcing their identities.
As far as Hissis’ attackers, so far only two of them have been identified, arrested and charged with malicious wounding: 18-year-old Daniel Borden, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Alex Ramos, 33, of Marrietta, Georgia, according to WVIR.
In September, King and Harris’ lawyer, Lee Merritt, launched a fundraiser to help identify the remaining attackers after they said police had not done enough to pursue them.
NBC News reports that Harris’ warrant was issued two days after several dozen white nationalists again descended on Charlottesville for a brief rally at Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park.