According to the Washington Post, on Monday (Oct. 9) a local magistrate issued a warrant for 20-year-old Deandre Harris' arrest after an unidentified accuser claimed to have been injured by Harris during the brawl.
The Charlottesville Police released a statement detailing the charge against Harris. He maintained that Harris did not instigate the fight. 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 called the warrant "highly unusual", since the police department is usually tasked with issuing the arrest warrant, not a magistrate.
On August 14, US Attorney General Sessions said that neo-Nazi brutality in Charlottesville was the Justice Department's top priority.
Videos from the scene showed a white supremacist thrusting a Confederate flag pole at a counterprotester and Harris swinging a flashlight at the man. He was defending himself and now faces the same charges as the #white supremacists who beat him as he was lying on the ground.
In the days following the attack, two men were arrested and charged with malicious wounding: 18-year-old Daniel Borden, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Alex Ramos, 33, of Marrietta, Georgia, according to WVIR-TV. An account of the beating posted to a fundraising website started by Harris said that he was chased and repeatedly knocked unconscious.
What happened to Harris that day in Charlottesville quickly went viral on social media after photos captured by journalist Zach D. Roberts, showing Harris being beaten with poles by the group of thugs quickly went viral. "I also have a laceration across my right eyebrow, abrasions on my knees & elbows, and a chipped tooth".