We can’t make this up: African-American school teacher DeAndre Harris, victim of a beating by neo-Nazis in Charlottesville in August, has been — ready for this? — charged with assaulting the white supremacists who beat him with boards, iron rods, and brass knuckles.
That is correct. Harris, in photos released by Truthout and carried worldwide, was shown being beaten close to death — has now been charged with the same crime as his attackers: “unlawful wounding”.
Last night (Monday, October 9), we have learned that the DeAndre Harris story has taken a twist that would, in a different era, be surprising. With several of DeAndre’s attackers still on the run — and police showing no interest in going after them — DeAndre just had an arrest warrant issued in his name. According to a media release issued by the Charlottesville Police Department, the warrant was for “Unlawful Wounding” (Va Code 18.2-51).
That’s right, the young man who you can see here being beaten to an inch of his life by half a dozen white supremacists will be …more
Still missing, the FBI moving on the others whom the attackers must know, including the man with the gun pictured below. (Thanks to Titter user @extapdancer for digitally enhancing the shot with a program called “Unshake” — see inset.)
“While we’re happy that arrests are going forward… these two men were identified immediately by journalists who covered the rally. There have been no additional identifications of any of the other participants by law enforcement,” said Harris’ attorney, Lee Merritt, in an interview for Democracy Now!. “We just hope that people don’t settle with these two arrests and that law enforcement doesn’t think that the job is done with these arrests.”
Note that the Justice Department has brought no charges for crossing state lines with intent to commit violence. (Maybe Jeff sessions thinks that the other attackers were “very fine people“.)
“I’m also concerned in these arrests that they have been undercharged. Each were charged with one felony account of a malicious assaulting,” said Merritt. “We’re talking about a group of white supremacists who attacked a young black male at a white supremacist rally while shouting racial slurs… if this doesn’t set the table for hate-based criminal charges, I don’t know what will.” …more
“Suddenly, a fight breaks out behind me. De’Andre Harris comes running out and is followed by about a dozen white supremacists, who are chasing him with clubs, helmets and shields and every sort of weapon they could find. And they shove him into a parking arm. He falls down. They keep beating him, kicking him, using whatever they can find.”
Palast Investigative Fund photographer Zach D. Roberts is interviewed by Nermeen Shaikh for Democracy Now! about the brutal beating of De’Andre Harris he witnessed and caught on camera in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017.
You can see more of Zach D. Roberts’s images from Charlottesville here. Zach also got an exclusive interview with De’Andre Harris, which you can find here. …more
Above: Dan Borden attacking De’Andre Harris in a Charottesville parking garage.
Neo-Nazi Dan Borden, who nearly beat Black school teacher De’Andre Harris to death in Charlottesville on August 12, has been arrested after being identified via photos taken by courageous Palast Investigative Fund photographer Zach D. Roberts. Borden also assaulted Roberts, who kept taking photos of the skinhead attackers even after the attackers’ pal pulled a gun.
Journalism saves lives—when it doesn’t lie.
Borden, 18, a former Mason High School student from Ohio, was charged with malicious wounding by Charlottesville police on Thursday, August 24 for the brutal assault of Harris. He was arrested the following day and is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center in Cincinnati, OH awaiting extradition.
On August 12, 2017 a 20-year old school teacher named De’Andre Harris was brutally attacked with iron bars and pieces of wood by a group of neo-Nazis.
The attack took place in a parking garage on Market Street — right next to the Charlottesville Police Station. Our photographer Zach Roberts took photos of the attack, which have since gone viral and have been reprinted online and in newspapers around the world. However, neither Roberts, Harris, or myself have been contacted by police, the FBI or Department of Justice officials.
Since this is a federal crime, involving actors who conspired and crossed state lines, we decided to contact the FBI ourselves to seek justice for Harris. This video documents the seven calls we made on Friday, August 18 in a frustrating attempt to report the near-murder of Harris.