Vonzz Long, a friend of Harris’, told CNN the two of them were part of a group of people staging counterprotests that day against neo-Nazis and white supremacists. “The city of Charlottesville is allowing these same white supremacists to re-victimize my client DeAndre Harris on the word of a single extremist,” said S. He said they got into an argument with people from hate groups who threw things and shouted racial slurs at them, and he and Harris got separated during the ensuing chaos. Harris, 20, turned himself in Thursday morning and was released on an unsecured bond after being served a warrant charging him with unlawful wounding, the Charlottesville Police Department said. Harris works for the Charlottesville educational system and has no criminal history, Merritt said. “If Mr. “Whatever their stated intentions, these groups terrified local residents and caused attendees to mistake them for authorized military personnel,” attorneys for the city wrote in the complaint. A woman who answered Crews’ phone Wednesday said he didn’t want to comment. “Based on the exception to the system, the word of one white supremacist, he’s being called a felon and he’s being (dragged) back through the system,” Merritt said. In an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon on Wednesday, Harris’ attorney said the warrant was an attempt to muddy the waters of who was to blame for the violent protests at the August 12 “Unite the Right” rally. Muddying the waters? “His word alone, without any additional evidence, allowed for a warrant to go forward.”
Merritt said Crews was injured in a different incident that day that took place after Harris was already in the hospital. In an incident captured on video and widely shared online, a black man was beaten by several white attackers in a parking garage during August’s rally by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia. It has been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The suit targets what they call “private militia” groups by relying on state laws that prohibit “unlawful paramilitary activity” and private citizens from posing as law enforcement. Two men who were allegedly involved in the assault on Harris appeared in court Thursday via closed circuit TV. One man drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others. A detective verified the facts and issued a warrant, police said. Lee Merritt. At the rally, which was held to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. 38.029306
‘They Were Trying to Kill Me,’ Hip-Hop Artist Says After Being Beaten by White Supremacists in Charlottesville The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in Virginia, alleges that 25 individuals and groups, including several white supremacist leaders, terrorized residents of the city and caused emotional distress. According to its website Crews is chairman of the North Carolina League of the South, a neo-Confederate organization. The lawsuit was filed against more than 20 individuals, self-described militia groups and white nationalist organizations, and it includes several leaders of the rally in August. The men, who are charged with malicious wounding, saw their cases postponed until December. No further details about the warrant or the incident that precipitated it have been made public. When he eventually found him, Harris was surrounded by neo-Nazis in the garage and being beaten bloody, Long said. Now the man, DeAndre Harris, is facing an allegation that he injured a white supremacist that day. Crews was injured that day it was during this attack and had nothing to do with DeAndre Harris,” he said. Lee, scores of people were injured amid fistfights and screaming matches between white supremacist groups and counterprotesters. City files lawsuit
Meanwhile, the city of Charlottesville and a group of local business owners filed a lawsuit Thursday that they hope will prevent another event like the white supremacist rally two months ago. It happened after an alleged victim, Harold Ray Crews, went to the local magistrate’s office and asked for a warrant for Harris’ arrest, police said. “It was in Charlottesville that an online clique of ethno-statists became a movement with real destructive force.”
In addition, 11 unnamed plaintiffs filed a separate lawsuit Wednesday claiming they were injured, harassed, intimidated and assaulted by white supremacist groups during the August rally.