Police issue warrant for black man beaten at Virginia rally

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Deandre Harris, 20, is wanted for unlawful wounding in connection with an assault that occurred at a Charlottesville parking garage on August 12, police said Monday.

The magistrate had a Charlottesville detective verify the facts in the warrant.

"Harris' attorney, Lee Merritt, said that the charge was" clearly retaliatory".

How exactly it came about that Harris became the wanted man in this situation was not made public, but the Charlottesville police promised that there would be an explanation following the arrest. He maintained that his client didn't instigate the fight.

Lt. Stephen Upman says the alleged victim told the magistrate's office, a judicial office in Virginia, what happened.

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Harris was participating in the counter-protest during the "Unite the Right" rally on August 12. A man has been charged with murder in Heyer's death.

At the rally, Heather Heyer was killed when a vehicle struck a crowd of counter protesters.

Journalist Chuck Modi posted video of the attack, which took place in a parking garage near the University of Virginia campus, on Twitter. Then, Harris used a flashlight to scuffle with the white nationalist.

Two men were charged with malicious wounding in September in the attack against Harris.

"I was chased and beat with metal poles. Every time I went to stand up I was knocked back down", Harris has said about the attack, according to BuzzFeed. "I also have a laceration across my right eyebrow, abrasions on my knees & elbows, and a chipped tooth".

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