African-American school teacher DeAndre Harris, victim of a beating by neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August, has been charged with assaulting the white supremacists who beat him with boards, iron rods, and brass knuckles.
Alex Micheal Ramos and Daniel Borden are the only two suspects arrested and charged with malicious wounding for attacking Harris.
The victim of the alleged attack attempted to obtain a warrant at the magistrate's office in person.
S. Lee Merritt, an attorney for Harris, told The Washington Post the charge is "clearly retaliatory". According to a post on Roberts' social media dates October 9, he has yet to be "interviewed by Charlottesville police department or the FBI" regarding the brutal beating that he witnessed Harris take by the group of white supremacist.
Harris hit with wooden sticks, kicked and stomped by six people in a parking garage during the August rally. "We find it highly offensive and upsetting, but what's more jarring is that he's been charged with the same crime as the men who attacked him", Merritt said. The magistrate issued the warrant Monday after consulting with police.
However, as WCPO notes, white supremacists on Twitter appeared to be celebrating the issuance of the warrant on Monday, with one white nationalist appearing to claim that it was a group effort to collect evidence on Harris. The charge: malicious wounding.
What was Harris's reaction to the warrant?
According to The Root, "Harris' head injuries were so severe that he required eight staples. I chipped my tooth", Harris said. "There were some non-racist members who were going to a free speech rally".
Merritt is adamant that his client was not the antagonist in the incident and noted that Harris has plans to turn himself in to the police in the days to come.