A third white

Beat­ing in park­ing garage caught on video

The Washington Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY IAN SHAPIRA

su­prem­a­cist ac­cused of join­ing the bru­tal beat­ing of a black man dur­ing the “Unite the Right” rally in Char­lottesville has been ar­rested.

A third white su­prem­a­cist ac­cused of par­tic­i­pat­ing in a bru­tal at­tack on a black man at the “Unite the Right” rally in Char­lottesville has been ar­rested, an Arkansas law en­force­ment of­fi­cial said Wednesday.

Ja­cob Scott Good­win, 22, of Ward, Ark., is al­legedly one of at least five men who can be seen in on­line video footage pum­mel­ing DeAn­dre Har­ris, a 20-year-old for­mer spe­cial-ed­u­ca­tion in­struc­tion as­sis­tant, in a park­ing garage after the Aug. 12 rally. The footage shows a man iden­ti­fied by po­lice as Good­win, wear­ing a tac­ti­cal mil­i­tary hel­met and car­ry­ing a large plas­tic shield, kick­ing Har­ris, who was on the ground. At one point, the man ap­pears to hit Har­ris with his shield.

The at­tack on Har­ris, viewed tens of thou­sands of times on YouTube, has be­come a sym­bol of the vi­o­lence and racial en­mity that en­gulfed Char­lottesville when white su­prem­a­cists, Klan mem­bers and neo-Nazis clashed with coun­ter­protesters. One coun­ter­protester, Heather Heyer, 32, was killed when a Dodge Chal­lenger al­legedly driven by James Alex Fields Jr., a Nazi sym­pa­thizer, plowed into her and sev­eral oth­ers.

But the con­fronta­tion at the park­ing garage — next to the Char­lottesville po­lice head­quar­ters — be­came a big­ger flash point this week after Har­ris was charged with a crime in con­nec­tion with the brawl.

A lo­cal mag­is­trate is­sued an ar­rest war­rant Mon­day for Har­ris on a felony charge of un­law­ful wound­ing, based on a com­plaint by Harold Ray Crews, a lawyer and self-de­scribed “South­ern na­tion­al­ist,” who al­leges that Har­ris in­jured him by hit­ting him with a flash­light just be­fore the garage brawl. The charge against Har­ris, who suf­fered a spinal in­jury and a head lac­er­a­tion that re­quired 10 stitches, out­raged Black Lives Mat­ter ac­tivists but de­lighted white su­prem­a­cists.

Hunter Wal­lace, a prom­i­nent white na­tion­al­ist, is­sued a cel­e­bra­tory tweet, promis­ing that “DeAn­dre Har­ris is going to jail.”

Good­win’s ar­rest came Tues­day night after two other as­sailants were charged with ma­li­cious wound­ing weeks ago: Daniel P. Bor­den, 18, of Ohio and Alex Michael Ramos, 33, of Ge­or­gia.

Good­win was taken into cus­tody near his home town in cen­tral Arkansas by U.S. mar­shals, ac­cord­ing to the Lonoke County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice. He is be­ing held at the sher­iff ’s de­ten­tion cen­ter

un­til he is ex­tra­dited to Vir­ginia, said Lt. Matt Ed­wards, a spokesman for the Lonoke County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice. He did not know the spe­cific charge against Good­win.

The Char­lottesville Po­lice Depart­ment de­clined to com­ment on Good­win’s ar­rest, and it did not is­sue a news re­lease de­tail­ing his crim­i­nal charge.

On­line sleuths — led by jour­nal­ist and Black Lives Mat­ter ac­tivist Shaun King — were the first to pub­licly iden­tify Good­win and the other two men charged with the at­tack. Ever since the rally, King and his vol­un­teer in­ves­ti­ga­tors have been ex­am­in­ing pho­tos and video footage from the rally and the garage at­tack it­self while also comb­ing the Face­book pages of white su­prem­a­cists to get names.

King outed Good­win last month and turned his ev­i­dence over to Char­lottesville po­lice.

“Dear Ja­cob Scott Good­win, age 22, of Ward, Arkansas,” King posted on his own Face­book page Sept. 24. “We have looked for you for a month. In the end it was your hair, your bracelets, your glasses, your tat­too on your fore­arm, the white su­prem­a­cist pins and neck­laces, and your own brag­ging on­line that helped us iden­tify you as one of the felony at­tack­ers of DeAn­dre Har­ris in Char­lottesville. Soon, you will be ar­rested.”

Good­win hasn’t re­sponded to re­quests for com­ment.

In an in­ter­view with The Washington Post be­fore Good­win’s ar­rest, his mother, Tam­era Good­win, con­firmed that her son was in the park­ing garage dur­ing the at­tack and was the one wear­ing the mil­i­tary tac­ti­cal gear and car­ry­ing the plas­tic shield. Good­win also wore two pins — one with the num­ber 88, a code for “Heil Hitler,” and the other with the logo for the Tra­di­tion­al­ist Worker Party, a white na­tion­al­ist group run by Matthew He­im­bach.

“I told him, ‘It does look like you kick him,’ but he said, ‘ No, Mom, I didn’t,’ ” said the mother, who at­tended the rally.

On Wednesday morn­ing, King posted a cel­e­bra­tory an­nounce­ment on Face­book.

“GREAT NEWS. Ja­cob Good­win was just ar­rested for the bru­tal as­sault of DeAn­dre Har­ris. Liv­ing in Arkansas. Will be ex­tra­dited to Vir­ginia,” he wrote, at­tach­ing Good­win’s mug shot.

Later, King is­sued one more post. There was still work to do, he said. The re­main­ing men in the video needed to be found and iden­ti­fied — and a suc­cess­ful hunt would be hand­somely re­warded.

“IM­POR­TANT: We are in­creas­ing our re­ward to $50,000 for the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of these two vi­o­lent white su­prem­a­cists who vi­ciously at­tacked DeAn­dre Har­ris in Char­lottesville. What are their names? All sources will re­main anony­mous. news@shaunk­ing.org.”


Ja­cob Scott Good­win, 22, is the third per­son ar­rested in the at­tack against DeAn­dre Har­ris.

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