In a viral video taken during the August white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, a black man is shown getting beaten bloody by several white attackers in a parking garage. On Thursday, that black man was arrested after one of his white attackers claimed that the man injured him.
DeAndrew Harris, 20, turned himself in on Thursday morning on a charge that he unlawfully wounded white supremacist Harold Ray Crews, after Crews demanded a warrant for Harris’s arrest, CNN reported. Unlawful wounding is a felony charge.
Crews is the chairman of the North Carolina League of the South, a pro-Confederate organization that is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
"The city of Charlottesville is allowing these same white supremacists to re-victimize my client DeAndre Harris on the word of a single extremist," said S. Lee Merritt, Harris’s lawyer, to CNN. "His word alone, without any additional evidence, allowed for a warrant to go forward.”
Merritt said that any injuries Crews sustained were from a different encounter during the protests.
Harris was a counter-protester during the white supremacist rally, said Vonzz Long, a friend of Harris’s, to CNN. Harris got into an argument with the white supremacist protestors after they allegedly pelted him with objects and shouted racist slurs at him.
Chaos erupted and Long and Harris got separated, Long said. Long later found Harris in the garage, surrounded by white attackers.
Harris, an assistant school teacher, has no criminal history, Merritt said.
"Based on the exception to the system, the word of one white supremacist, he's being called a felon and he's being (dragged) back through the system," the attorney said on CNN.
Police are also investigating Harris’s attackers.
The August rally was ostensibly held to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. One of the white supremacists drove his car into the counter-protestors, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others.
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