Victim of neo-Nazi beating charged with assault

Zach Roberts, who took the photo above, and Greg Palast reported for Truthout:

African-American school teacher DeAndre Harris, victim of a beating by neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August [shown above], has been charged with assaulting the white supremacists who beat him with boards, iron rods, and brass knuckles.

That is correct.  Harris, who was shown being beaten close to death in photos released by Truthout and carried worldwide, has now been charged with the same crime as his attackers: “unlawful wounding.”

Several of Harris’ attackers remain on the run — and local and federal officials show little interest in going after them. Yet, the Charlottesville Police Department issued a warrant to arrest Harris on October 9.

Harris is accused of taking a swing at a neo-Nazi who tried to stab a friend of Harris with the staff of a flag pole holding a Confederate flag. On the advice of his lawyer, Harris was unable to be reached for comment.

Source: Truthout.

Harris suffered broken bones and had to have 18 staples put in his head, according to Truthout.

The right to self-defense is a basic human right—maybe the most basic of all human rights.   Some Southern states have “stand your ground” laws affirming the right to defend yourself with deadly force.   Surely no supporter of these laws would deny the right to defend oneself with your fists.

Imagine the reaction to the above photo if the man on the ground was white and his attackers were black.


Charlottesville Victim of Neo-Nazi Beating Charged With Assault by Greg Palast and Zach Roberts for Truthout.

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2 Responses to “Victim of neo-Nazi beating charged with assault”

  1. thetinfoilhatsociety Says:

    That’s because he did initaite that assault. I’ve seen the video. He totally deserved what he got. You can’t start a beating and then claim victim.


    • philebersole Says:

      Here is a link to the video.

      I frankly can’t make any sense of it. Supposedly it shows that Harris was one of a group of people who stole and burned a Confederate flag earlier in the day and so (presumably) deserved what he got.

      There is hardly any footage of the beating itself, and I can’t tell from the footage what happened. Harris did not deny that he threw a punch, but claimed it was in defense of a friend.

      Everybody has the right to self-defense. When I see a picture of a group of men clubbing an individual who is down on the ground, that is not self-defense.

      When I see such a picture, my sympathies are with the one being beaten, not with the beaters. I understand that not everyone reacts this way.


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