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Brutally Beaten Black Man Found Not Guilty of Assaulting a White Nationalist

Autumn Lewis, Reporter

Deandre Harris, 20, a man viciously beaten at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA last year, was acquitted Friday of assaulting a White nationalist.

Charlottesville General District Court Judge Robert Downer Jr. found Harris not guilty of the misdemeanor charge of assault and battery against self-proclaimed White nationalist Harold Crews.

This was relieving news, seeing as Harris had been assaulted himself inside a parking garage next to city’s police department the day of the rally (video displayed beside this article).

The assault left Harris with a spinal injury and head lacerations that required 10 stitches.

The charges came about due to a tussle shown in another video on YouTube.

In the video, Crews is holding a flagpole in front of another black protester, Corey Long, who is pulling on the opposite end.  During the tussle over the pole, Harris, standing next to Long, swings a flashlight at Crews, whose head snaps back to the right, appearing as though he’d been struck on the head or shoulder.

Crews testified in court that being hit by the flashlight caused him injuries of several deep cuts and a large welt.

The flashlight that Harris had was not brought to the rally as a weapon.

Harris testified that he only intervened with the flashlight because he thought Crews was trying to attack his friend.=

Moments after the altercation with Crews and Harris, Harris was followed to a nearby parking lot where he was overrun and pummeled into the ground by six men.

According to the Washington Post, the identities and whereabouts of the men police say assaulted Harris are Jacob Scott Goodwin of Arkansas; Daniel Borden of Ohio; Alex Michael Ramos of Georgia; and Tyler Watkins Davis of Florida.

While several of their trials are scheduled for late April and early May, Davis’s trial has not been set just yet.

After the words “not guilty” rang out in the courtroom, Harris’s lawyer Rhonda Quagliana made a statement to the public.

“I know DeAndre has had a tough, tough road. He was the victim of a terrible attack, and he’s working through it. He’s doing better.”


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