DeAndre Harris (pictured), a 20-year-old black man who was beaten at a white nationalist rally in August, turned himself into police Thursday morning after a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection to the brawl
A black man who was beaten at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has turned himself in to police after being charged in the confrontation.
Charlottesville police said in a statement that 20-year-old DeAndre Harris turned himself in Thursday morning and was served a warrant charging him with unlawful wounding.
The statement says Harris was taken before a magistrate and released on an unsecured bond.
Photos and video that were widely shared online showed Harris being beaten by a group of men inside a parking garage. In addition to Harris, three men have been charged in the attack.
Harris' attorney has said that Harris did nothing wrong and that authorities don't have probable cause to charge him.
The Charlottesville Police Department issued a statement on Monday, saying that the unnamed victim went to the magistrate's office and complained of being beaten by Harris in the brawl.
The magistrate's office called the police department to confirm the facts, and they then issued the warrant.
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The attack was caught on video and by photographers. Harris is seen on the ground as multiple white men attack
An arrest warrant was released after a victim complained that Harris had attacked him in the brawl
Pictures of Harris' bloodied face went viral after the march in August
Harris' attorney called the warrant 'clearly retaliatory' and the fact the victim went to the magistrate shows that they likely tried and failed to complain to police first. His head wound is pictured left.
Harris’ attorney, S. Lee Merritt, told the Washington Post that the warrant is 'clearly retaliatory'.
He described the victim as a member of a white supremacist group and maintained that his client did not instigate the fight.
Merritt said it was 'highly unusual' for a victim to go to the magistrate instead of the police, suggesting he tried and failed to convince cops to arrest Harris first. The police don’t have sufficient probable cause to charge Harris, his lawyer said.
'We find it highly offensive and upsetting, but what’s more jarring is that he’s been charged with the same crime as the men who attacked him,' Merritt said.
Harris was left with a concussion, abrasions and contusions across his body, as well as a head laceration that required 10 staples, a knee injury and a fractured wrist after the clash, Merritt said.
In September, two men - 33-year-old Alex Michael Ramos and 18-year-old Daniel Borden - were charged with malicious wounding in the attack against. Both are being held without bond.
Two men - 33-year-old Alex Michael Ramos (left) and 18-year-old Daniel Borden (right) - were charged with malicious wounding in September in the attack against Harris
On Wednesday, a third man - 22-year-old Jacob Scott Goodwin - was arrested for the beating as well
A third man was arrested in connection to the beating on Wednesday.
Jacob Scott Goodwin, 22, of Ward, Arkansas, was arrested Tuesday night on a warrant from Charlottesville police by U.S. marshals near his hometown, according to Lt. Matthew Edwards, spokesman for the Lonoke County Sheriff's Office in Arkansas.
Lt. Steve Upman, a spokesman for police in Charlottesville, said Goodwin is charged with malicious wounding in the Aug. 12 beating.
Goodwin is awaiting extradition to Virginia, Edwards said.
Former classmates at Mason High School in Ohio said he expressed anti-Semitic views.
Harris was protesting the march in August when he was attacked
Ramos was identified after posting about the attack on Facebook.
In a television interview, he said that he was only acting in self defense and denied being a white supremacist.
'I was there because, pretty much, I’m a conservative,' he said. 'There were some non-racist members who were going to a free speech rally.'
At a September court hearing, Ramo's lawyer alleged that Harris may have been the one to throw the first punch.
Upman refused to identify the alleged victim or provide any other details about the alleged assault.
At the rally, 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed when a car struck a crowd of counter protesters. James Fields Jr. has been charged with murder in Heyer’s death.