Arrest Warrant Obtained for Deandre Harris

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A black man who was brutally beaten in a parking garage during a deadly far right-wing rally in Charlottesville in August is now facing an arrest warrant, Virginia police said Monday.

Several of Harris' attackers remain on the run - and local and federal officials show little interest in going after them.

"The victim went to the Magistrate's office, presented the facts of what occurred and attempted to obtain the warrant", the police in Charlottesville said in the statement.

Harris's attorney, S. Lee Merritt, told the Washington Post that the charge levied against his client is "clearly retaliatory".

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Harris's accuser has opted to remain anonymous but has been described as a member of the white supremacist group. Not only is [the victim] charged with a crime but he's charged at the same level as the men who broke his bones, who caused serious bodily injuries, caused him to get 18 staples in his head ... the men who beat him within an inch of his life. He said in a television interview that the attack was "defensive" and denied being a white supremacist, as The Post has reported. Roberts photographed the weapon as it whizzed by his head.

After news broke of the arrest warrant against Harris on Monday, white nationalists openly celebrated on Twitter. Then, Harris - a former special education instructional assistant - swung a flashlight at the man, possibly striking him, according to the Post. Harris is accused of attacking a man in the group that beat him. "There's no bigger case right now we're working on". The warrant against Harris stems from accusations that he attacked someone, which led to the beating inside the garage.

Ramos's attorney, John Joyce, said Harris had been involved in scuffles during the rally and told a judge "it may have been Mr. Harris who struck the first blow in that fracas". As of today, two months on, there is no sign Sessions' Department has moved to identify nor apprehend Harris's attackers.

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