The African-American man who was beaten by a crowd of white nationalists in a viral video out of the Charlottesville riots in August is now facing felony charges, according to a new report.
An arrest warrant was issued on Monday for 20-year-old DeAndre Harris for malicious wounding in relation to an incident that took place in a parking garage during the "Unite the Right" rally in August.
The attack, where Harris is seen being beaten by a group of six men and clubbed with wooden sticks, was caught on camera and made its rounds on social media.
#Charlottesville Police have decided to arrest #DeAndreHarris instead of searching and prosecuting the white supremacists that attacked him. pic.twitter.com/pdIz6pziAu— Zach D Roberts (@zdroberts) October 10, 2017
A local report claims that Charlottesville police have confirmed the facts presented by the unnamed victim in the Monday warrant.
Harris' attorney, S. Lee Merritt, says the accuser belonged to a white supremacist group and the charge was "clearly retaliatory," according to a report from the Washington Post.
"We find it highly offensive and upsetting," Merritt said, "but what's more jarring is that he's been charged with the same crime as the men who attacked him."
Merritt told the Post that Harris plans to turn himself into the authorities this week.