DeAndre Harris (pictured), a 20-year-old black man who was beaten at a white nationalist rally in August, turned himself into police Thursday morning after a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection to the brawl
A black man who was beaten at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has turned himself in to police after being charged in the confrontation.
Charlottesville police said in a statement that 20-year-old DeAndre Harris turned himself in Thursday morning and was served a warrant charging him with unlawful wounding.
The statement says Harris was taken before a magistrate and released on an unsecured bond.
Photos and video that were widely shared online showed Harris being beaten by a group of men inside a parking garage. In addition to Harris, three men have been charged in the attack.
Harris' attorney has said that Harris did nothing wrong and that authorities don't have probable cause to charge him.
The Charlottesville Police Department issued a statement on Monday, saying that the unnamed victim went to the magistrate's office and complained of being beaten by Harris in the brawl.
The magistrate's office called the police department to confirm the facts, and they then issued the warrant.
The attack was caught on video and by photographers. Harris is seen on the ground as multiple white men attack
An arrest warrant was released after a victim complained that Harris had attacked him in the brawl
Pictures of Harris' bloodied face went viral after the march in August
Harris' attorney called the warrant 'clearly retaliatory' and the fact the victim went to the magistrate shows that they likely tried and failed to complain to police first. His head wound is pictured left.
Harris’ attorney, S. Lee Merritt, told the Washington Post that the warrant is 'clearly retaliatory'.
He described the victim as a member of a white supremacist group and maintained that his client did not instigate the fight.
Merritt said it was 'highly unusual' for a victim to go to the magistrate instead of the police,