In a further sign of the heightened racist climate that has swept the nation, Deandre Harris – who was brutally assaulted on video for all the world to see by white supremacists holding a rally in Charlottesville, Virgina in August – has been ludicrously charged with the “unlawful wounding” of his attackers! The pictures and videos don’t lie. Deandre Harris was the one who was assaulted by a mob of nazis and left for dead as police officers did nothing and only arrested his attackers after a social media campaign led by Shaun King forced their hand.
How is it possible that Harris is being charged by a magistrate with what was done TO him? Unlike the pictures and video, white supremacists (including those in law enforcement) do lie. The charge is being brought against him based on the word of one white supremacist named Harold Ray Crews who claims Harris wounded him, according to Harris’ attorney S. Lee Merrit. The magistrate who issued an arrest warrant for Deandre Harris (!) apparently believes they’ve verified the facts of the case, though head Detective in the beating of Harris, Sgt. Jake Via, said that “the arrest warrant was based solely on the [alleged] victim’s testimony.” Interestingly enough, being “presented with the facts” didn’t compel police to go out and arrest the white supremacists who assaulted Deandre Harris until weeks of public pressure spurred them into action. And because of this Harris is being retaliated against as part of a smear campaign headed by the white supremacist organization League of the South, of which Harold Ray Crews (the supposed “victim”) happens to be leader of in the state of North Carolina. Apparently in 2017 America, white supremacist organizations get to hand out arrest warrants to whoever they please and authorities just go along with it. Charging Deandre Harris with felonious assault is akin to charging Heather Heyer, who was run over by a white supremacist with a car at the same rally, with murder. It’s disgusting and belies logic.