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Charlottesville Victim of Neo-Nazi Beating Charged With Assault -- No Kidding!

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African-American school teacher DeAndre Harris, victim of a beating by neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August, has been charged with assaulting the white supremacists who beat him with boards, iron rods, and brass knuckles.


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That is correct. Harris, who was shown being beaten close to death in photos released by Truthout and carried worldwide, has now been charged with the same crime as his attackers: "unlawful wounding."

Several of Harris' attackers remain on the run -- and local and federal officials show little interest in going after them. Yet, the Charlottesville Magistrate issued a warrant to arrest Harris on October 9.

Harris is accused of taking a swing at a neo-Nazi who tried to stab a friend of Harris with the staff of a flag pole holding a Confederate flag. On the advice of his lawyer, Harris was unable to be reached for comment.

Zach Roberts, for Truthout, spoke with Lee Merritt, Harris's attorney and a legal specialist on police brutality and corruption. Merritt stated, "This is probably the most extreme case I've seen. Not only is [the victim] 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 ... the men who beat him within an inch of his life. [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."

It should be noted that our photographer Roberts was also attacked with what appears to be a wooden flagstaff by a man identified as Dan Borden of Cincinnati, one of those charged in the attack on Harris.

White supremacist Borden, hours before attacking Harris, threw the metal-tipped wood at photographer Roberts' head. Roberts photographed the weapon as it whizzed by his head.

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

Charlottesville police have charged two of Harris's attackers, but only after a national campaign demanded they do so. One charged, Dan Borden, is shown beating Harris with a four-foot piece of lumber.

The other, Michael Ramos, who claims he acted in self-defense, is shown striking Harris with brass knuckles while Harris is crawling helpless on the ground.

On August 14, US Attorney General Sessions said that neo-Nazi brutality in Charlottesville was the Justice Department's top priority. "There's no bigger case right now we're working on."

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The beating up of an Afro - American is deplorable. The person who has been assaulted in the Charlottesville has been doubly punished for no wrong of his

Submitted on Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017 at 7:00:37 AM

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"Only in America can a black boy be put on trial for his own murder." This described Trayvon's death and subsequent smear, now the judge is following the example.

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This is disgusting. There is no reason for law enforcement to be following up on this complaint. This is a case where common sense should trump* procedure.

* pardon the phrase ;)

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Well, the article gets a little better than the headline and lead, but it disturbs me when outsiders leap to the conclusions they prefer about cases like this one without knowing enough facts to draw a conclusion.

I get it that Harris was on the correct side of the issue and victimized himself, and for all I know that's all there is to it. However, it's not beyond belief that he provoked his aggressors with aggression himself. Just because a guy is on the correct side of an issue and a victim himself doesn't mean that he's not culpable. Good guys do bad things.

IMO, this is an issue for the court to sort out, not an occasion for strident grandstanding by outsiders. Outsiders should limit themselves to commenting on the issues, not specific cases. Specific cases are frequently messier than the issues.

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