Black man beaten in Charlottesville found not guilty of assaulting white supremacist

Black man beaten in Charlottesville found not guilty of assaulting white supremacist

The incident occurred outside a parking garage, shortly before a brawl between protesters and counterprotesters in the garage, during which Harris was beaten badly by several white supremacists.

"We were further outraged when DeAndre was charged with a crime based on the testimony of the same white supremacists who attacked him".

DeAndre Harris, 20, a former special education instructional assistant, was found not guilty by Charlottesville General District Court Judge Robert Downer on a misdemeanor charge of assault and battery against Harold Crews, a North Carolina attorney and state chairman of The League of the South.

Violent clashes erupted at the white nationalist rally to protest the removal of a Confederate statue.

Crews brought the charges against Harris two months after the rally, at which point a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Harris was initially charged with a felony, but that was later reduced to a misdemeanor, according to AlJazeera. The video showed a fight was happening between Crews and Long, and that Crews swung the flagpole toward Long.

DeAndre Harris 20 was found not guilty of assault Friday
DeAndre Harris 20 was found not guilty of assault Friday

Mr Harris argues he swung the flashlight to try and knock the pole out of Mr Crews' hands because he feared he was attacking his friend. If convicted, Harris would have faced a minimum of one year in jail and a $2,500 fine, Buzzfeed reports.

Mr Harris's lawyer, S Lee Merritt, said his client, a former special-education teaching assistant, suffered a concussion, a knee injury and a fractured wrist.

An independent review commissioned by the city found in December the police department and city officials were ill-prepared for the white nationalist rally.

A day after the attack, Harris set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for his medical bills - he wound up more than tripling his goal of $50,000.

It was afterward that the attack on Harris took place and a auto drove into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one woman and injuring dozens more.

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