Arrest Warrant Out For Black Man Beat During White Nationalist March

A black man who was beaten at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has been charged with an alleged assault during that confrontation, police said Monday.

DeAndre Harris, 20, was seen bloodied in viral photos and a video after being attacked during the rally in August.

He is now charged with unlawful wounding in relation to the brawl.

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The Charlottesville Police Department issued a statement on Monday, saying that the unnamed victim went to the magistrate’s office and complained of being beaten by Harris in the brawl.

The magistrate’s office called the police department to confirm the facts, and they then issued the warrant.

Harris’ attorney, S. Lee Merritt, told the Washington Post that the warrant is ‘clearly retaliatory’.

He described the victim as a member of a white supremacist group and maintained that his client did not instigate the fight.

Merritt said it was ‘highly unusual’ for a victim to go to the magistrate instead of the police, suggesting he tried and failed to convince cops to arrest Harris first.  The police don’t have sufficient probable cause to charge Harris, his lawyer said.

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