Deandre Harris, a 20-year-old black man who was viciously attacked by white supremacists at the Charlottesville, Va. white supremacist rally nearly two months ago is now a wanted man after a local magistrate issued a warrant for his arrest in connection to the same August 12 incident that left him bloody and wounded.
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. During the demonstrations, a auto plowed into a group of counterprotesters, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring many others. Video of that assault went viral in the aftermath of the violent white supremacist rally earlier this year. One Nazi sympathizer drove his auto into a crowd of counter-protestors and killed Heather Heyer.
WHITE SUPREMACISTS BEAT 20-year old Deandre Harris in a garage in Charlottesville, VA.
Harris, of Suffolk, Virginia, suffered serious injuries in the beating he took, he told WRAL-TV in August.
"The beating happened right beside the Police Department, and no police were there to help me at all". I broke my wrist right here.
"I was chased and beat with metal poles".
The charge of malicious wounding is a felony punishable by one to five years in prison.
Now, though, allegations by an unnamed victim have led to Harris also being charged in the incident.
The victim of the alleged attack attempted to obtain a warrant at the magistrate's office in person. "The magistrate requested that a detective respond and verify these facts", the release said. The magistrate contacted police, Upman said, who verified facts and issued the warrant.
"We find it highly offensive and upsetting", Lee Merritt, a civil lawyer for Harris, told the Washington Post about the warrant, adding that the charge was "clearly retaliatory".
On Monday, he told the station his client would turn himself in within 24 hours.