Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

Man beaten by 5 during violent Charlottesville rally wanted by police

Man beaten by 5 during violent Charlottesville rally wanted by police

Merritt added that the warrant is "highly unusual", saying that they are typically issued by the police department instead a magistrate.

The charge of malicious wounding is a felony punishable by one to five years in prison.

A magistrate judge, without talking to witness Roberts, issued a warrant, apparently on the complaint of lawyers for the white nationalists.

On today's date, a warrant was issued for Deandre Shakur Harris (B/M; 20 years of age; resident of Suffolk, Virginia) in relation to an assault that occurred on August 12th in the area of the East Market Street parking garage. Two of his attackers were charged with malicious wounding in September.

"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 told the newspaper.

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According to Intercept writer Shaun King, Harris' accuser was an alleged white supremacist who'd been arrested in the scuffle. "Every time I went to stand up I was knocked back down", Harris has said about the attack, according to BuzzFeed. One attacker, 33-year-old Alex Michael Ramos, claimed that the attack was defensive and that he is in no way a white supremacist. "[Harris] is getting the same charge as [those] involved in a violent supremacist group who were involved in attacks, not only of DeAndre, but attacks of other people all weekend".

"I was there because, pretty much, I'm a conservative", he said.

Harris had just been beaten by a group of neo-Nazis at the "Unite the Right" rally.

Merritt maintained his client did not instigate the fight and would turn himself in to police in the coming days. Ramos even stated, "There were some non-racist members who were going to a free speech rally". That's when six of these #white nationalists came down and beat Harris as he was curled up on the ground. During the demonstrations, a vehicle plowed into a group of counterprotesters, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring many others.

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