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Deandre Harris, Beaten by White Supremacists in Virginia, Faces Felony Charge

HeadlineOct 10, 2017
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In Charlottesville, Virginia, police have issued an arrest warrant for 20-year-old Deandre Harris, a black man who was brutally beaten by white supremacists in a parking garage last summer. Police say Harris is wanted on a felony charge of “unlawful wounding” for allegedly assaulting one of the far-right protesters who gathered in the city on August 12 in a rally that turned deadly when 20-year-old Nazi sympathizer James Fields plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others. Deandre Harris’s beating was captured on video; he later recounted his ordeal to photojournalist Zach Roberts.

Deandre Harris: “So I’m trying to get up and run, but I can’t. Every time I got up, I just lose consciousness and fall back out, ’til the last time I got to open my eyes, and I see all my friends there. And they pick me up and take me over there so I can get help. I was gashed in the head, broke my wrists, chipped my tooth, busted my lip, got a bunch of cuts and abrasions all on my knees and elbows. I got eight staples in my head.”

While photos and video show at least six white supremacists punching, kicking and beating Harris with large metal poles, only two of his assailants have been charged.

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