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

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

By Ian Shapira, washingtonpost.com

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.

Read more at https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/black-man-beaten-in-charlottesville-found-not-guilty-of-assaulting-white-supremacist/2018/03/16/92160a88-288f-11e8-b79d-f3d931db7f68_story.html?utm_term=.423ebdb1ecc1

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