Black man beaten up at Charlottesville white nationalist rally charged

  • Black man beaten up at Charlottesville white nationalist rally charged

Black man beaten up at Charlottesville white nationalist rally charged

Merritt said Crews' charges were the result of the League of the South, an organization labeled by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group.

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

But in a statement, Harris's attorney, S. Lee Merritt, said that the flashlight failed "to make significant contact" with Crews.

Although objecting to the charges, Harris' attorney is working with the Charlottesville PD to have Harris turn himself in.

A local magistrate issued a warrant for Deandre Harris Monday on charges of malicious wounding, after an unnamed person claimed to have been injured by him during the August 12 brawl, the local NBC affiliate reported. Jake Via told the Washington Post.

"We were expecting to do our own investigation into the man's allegations", Via told the newspaper.

At the rally, 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed when a vehicle struck a crowd of counter protesters. Harris raised $166,000 on GoFundMe for his medical expenses in the wake of the attacks. "They're forcing him to come down and face these charges, within a government that seems to have to at least be complicit in some part to his injuries, and being very slow in issuing warrants against his attackers", Merritt says. Video of that assault went viral in the aftermath of the violent white supremacist rally earlier this year. Harris told media he had suffered injuries from the beating including lacerations to his head, a concussion, a broken wrist, and a chipped tooth.

Merritt also posted video and photos which show Crews being struck in the back of his head by what appears to be a white, male, anti-fascist member who has on a disguise.

Brad Griffin, who blogs under the pen name at the neo-Confederate site Occidental Dissent, celebrated Harris' arrest warrant as a victory. More information on the accusations will be released after Harris is arrested, police said.

The Charlottesville Planning Commission was shut down Tuesday night by a protest over issues surrounding the August 12th white supremacist rally.