Charlottesville magistrate issues warrant for black victim of parking garage beating

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Harris is the 20-year-old man who was seen being attacked by a group of white nationalists after crowds dispersed following the "Unite the Right" rally.

Deandre Harris - a black man who was beaten during the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia - is facing a felony charge after a local magistrate issued an arrest warrant Monday in connection with the incident.

Two other men are charged with malicious wounding for allegedly attacking Harris, according to local reports.

Lt. Stephen Upman said that an unnamed alleged victim detailed the events that occurred prior to the beating of Harris.

Harris' attorney, S. Lee Merritt, said in a phone interview Monday night that Harris was left with a concussion, abrasions and contusions across his body, as well as a head laceration that required staples, a knee injury and a fractured wrist after the clash.

Merritt said that Harris would turn himself over to police within 24 hours.

According to reports, it is odd for a warrant to be rendered by magistrates instead of the police themselves.

According to Intercept writer Shaun King, Harris' accuser was an alleged white supremacist who'd been arrested in the scuffle.

Charlottesville police have charged two of Harris's attackers, but only after a national campaign demanded they do so. "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", Merritt said.

A video of the beating shows a group of approximately six people converging on Harris before clubbing him with wooden sticks, and kicking and stomping him inside a downtown parking garage last August.

What was Harris's reaction to the warrant?

Days after the attack, one FBI agent assigned to the investigation told Truthout he was "appalled" by the lack of immediate response to Roberts' offer of photos to identify Harris' attackers, but insisted the Department would act. "There were some non-racist members who were going to a free speech rally".

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