Warrant issued for Deandre Harris, accused of unlawful wounding on August 12

Oct 11, 2017, 00:23
Warrant issued for Deandre Harris, accused of unlawful wounding on August 12

Deandre Harris was participating in a counterprotest to the white nationalists' "Unite the Right" rally in August when a clash broke out in a parking garage near the University of Virginia campus.

White supremacists beat Black schoolteacher DeAndre Harris in a parking garage in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017.

A Virginia magistrate issued the warrant for Deandre Harris, 20, who is now wanted on charges of unlawful wounding in connection with the August 12 incident, according to WCPO-TV.

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In the days following the attack, two men were arrested and charged with malicious wounding: 18-year-old Daniel Borden, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Alex Ramos, 33, of Marrietta, Georgia, according to WVIR-TV.

The victim of the alleged attack attempted to obtain a warrant at the magistrate's office in person.

"Harris' attorney, Lee Merritt, said that the charge was" clearly retaliatory".

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Police said an update on Harris's case will be provided once the 20-year-old Suffolk man is arrested.

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. 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 said.

Images of the brawl and Harris's bloodied face went viral, prompting a frenzied campaign on social media to identify his attackers. He also suffered a broken wrist and a chipped tooth.

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According to The Root, "Harris' head injuries were so severe that he required eight staples". At a court hearing for Ramos last month, his attorney reportedly said it may have been Harris who "struck the first blow in that fracas". He called the warrant "highly unusual", since the police department is usually tasked with issuing the arrest warrant, not a magistrate.

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