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Monday night we have learned that the DeAndre Harris story has taken a twist that would in a different era be surprising. With several of Harris’ attackers still on the run – and police showing no interest in going after them, DeAndre Harris just had an arrest warrant issued in his name. According to a media release issued by the Charlottesville Police Department October 9th, the warrant was for “Unlawful Wounding (Va Code 18.2-51)
That’s right, the young man who you can see here being beaten to an inch of his life by half a dozen white supremacists will be walked into the police station tomorrow and processed.
A magistrate judge, without talking to myself (a witness to DeAndre’s beating), or DeAndre himself issued a warrant – according to Lee Merritt, DeAndre’s attorney. Merritt, whose focus is on police brutality and corruption said: This is probably the most extreme case I’ve seen, not only is he charged with a crime but he’s charged at the same level as the men who broke his bones, who caused serious bodily injuries, caused him to get 18 staples in his head, fractured his tooth – the men who beat him with in an inch of his life – he’s getting the same charge as them – for someone who was involved in a violent supremacist group who were involved in attacks, not only of Deandre but attacks of other people all weekend.
According to Merritt one of the members of the League of the South is a lawyer and used his influence to get the warrant issued. The League of the South is, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a Neo-Confederate group of academics – and a SPLC designated hate group.
Thanks to the efforts of Shaun King and his social media following we have pushed the police to arrest two of DeAndre’s attackers, four more of them roam free. If you have any info on the men that attacked DeAndre please send to zdroberts (at) gmail dot com.