Black man beaten in Charlottesville found not guilty of assaulting white supremacist

WHITE SUPREMACISTS BEAT 20-year old Deandre Harris in a garage in Charlottesville, VA.

By Ian Shapira,

A black man brutally beaten at last year’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville — and who was later charged with assaulting a white nationalist — was acquitted Friday.

DEANDRE HARRIS SUFFERED numerous bruises to his face and body after white supremacists beat him during a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA .

DeAndre Harris, 20, a former special education instructional assistant, was found not guilty by Charlottesville General District Court Judge Robert Downer Jr. on a misdemeanor charge of assault and battery against Harold Crews, a North Carolina lawyer and state chairman of the self-described white nationalist group League of the South. If Harris had been convicted, he would have faced up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

The acquittal is a relief for Harris, who was beaten inside a parking garage next to the city’s police department on Aug. 12, 2017. He suffered a spinal injury and head lacerations that required 10 stitches.


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