As­saulted man turns him­self in to po­lice

Charge fol­lowed at­tack by white su­prem­a­cists in Char­lottesville brawl

The Washington Post - - METRO - BY IAN SHAPIRA ian.shapira@wash­post.com

DeAn­dre Har­ris, the 20-yearold black man beaten by white su­prem­a­cists in a Char­lottesville park­ing garage in Au­gust, turned him­self in to au­thor­i­ties Thurs­day af­ter be­ing charged with a crime in con­nec­tion with the at­tack.

Mer­lyn Goeschl, a lo­cal mag­is­trate, is­sued the war­rant for Har­ris on a felony charge of un­law­ful wound­ing Mon­day, part of the con­tin­u­ing fall­out from a vi­ral video of the park­ing garage as­sault dur­ing the Aug. 12 “Unite the Right” rally.

Har­ris, a for­mer spe­cial-in­struc­tional as­sis­tant who sus­tained a spinal in­jury and head wound that re­quired 10 stitches, was re­leased on bond af­ter turn­ing him­self in to Char­lottesville po­lice.

Harold Ray Crews, who iden­ti­fies him­self on­line as an at­tor­ney and a “South­ern Na­tion­al­ist,” has claimed that Har­ris in­jured him dur­ing the brawl.

On­line footage shows Crews try­ing to spear an­other coun­ter­protester with the pole of a Con­fed­er­ate flag, prompt­ing Har­ris to fight back. Har­ris swung his flash­light at Crews, ap­pear­ing to hit him. But Har­ris’s at­tor­ney, S. Lee Mer­ritt, has ar­gued that Har­ris did not in­jure Crews “in any way” and that footage from the rally shows that Crews was ac­tu­ally hurt by other coun­ter­protesters in a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent.

Har­ris’s case is sched­uled for a court hear­ing Fri­day morn­ing at Char­lottesville Gen­eral District Court. Mer­ritt said Har­ris will not at­tend the hear­ing and that he does not want to be in­ter­viewed by the me­dia.

Crews has not re­sponded to calls for com­ment.

News of Har­ris’s charge and the is­suance of an ar­rest war­rant by a lo­cal mag­is­trate sur­prised many ac­tivists, in­clud­ing the Char­lottesville Po­lice Depart­ment.

It was Har­ris, af­ter all, who was pum­meled by at least five white su­prem­a­cists in­side the park­ing garage.

On­line sleuths, led by Black Lives Mat­ter ac­tivist and jour­nal­ist Shaun King, have led the quest to iden­tify all five men. So far, three have been found, and each has been ar­rested and charged with ma­li­cious wound­ing: Daniel P. Bor­den, 18, of Ohio; Alex Michael Ramos, 33, of Ge­or­gia; and Ja­cob Scott Good­win, 22, of Ward, Ark. Good­win was taken into cus­tody by U.S. Mar­shals on Tues­day night — the day af­ter the war­rant for Har­ris was is­sued.

DeAn­dre Har­ris

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