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A Virginia judicial official has issued an arrest warrant for a black man who was beaten by white nationalists during clashes in Charlottesville in August.
Deandre Harris, 20, is reportedly accused of attacking one of the men in the group that beat him during the deadly demonstrations on Aug. 12. The United Nations later cited the incident, naming Harris specifically, in a condemnation of racism in the United States following the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville.
Harris raised $166,000 on GoFundMe for his medical expenses in the wake of the attacks.
"I was chased and beat with metal poles. I was knocked unconscious repeatedly. Every time I went to stand up I was knocked back down," Harris wrote at the time. "I was diagnosed with a concussion, an ulnar fracture, and had to receive eight staples in my head. I also have a laceration across my right eyebrow, abrasions on my knees & elbows, and a chipped tooth."
Harris' attorney, Lee Meritt, told WCPO 9 Tuesday that the charges were "clearly retaliatory" and that his client would turn himself in within 24 hours.
A statement from the Charlottesville Police Department, published in full by NBC 29, said that Harris' arrest warrant was issued after a magistrate reviewed evidence presented by detectives. Further details would be provided once Harris is taken in to custody, police said.
Meanwhile, two men, Alex Michael Ramos, 33, and Daniel Borden, 18, are charged with "malicious wounding" for allegedly attacking Harris, according to NBC 29.
The department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from BuzzFeed News.
The brawl in question — which ended with Harris requiring eight staples in his head — was the subject of vigorous online debate in the months following the events in Charlottesville, with white nationalists scouring social media for information on Harris.
Brad Griffin, who blogs under the pen name Hunter Wallace at the neo-Confederate site Occidental Dissent, celebrated news of the arrest warrant Tuesday as a victory.
And Jason Kessler, a white nationalist who organized the Unite the Right rally in August, retweeted a celebratory tweet from @RedCville.
Both men have repeatedly pushed conspiracy theories at odds with facts about the events in Charlottesville in attempts to exonerate James Alex Fields, the 20-year-old Ohio resident who marched with white nationalist group American Vanguard on Aug. 12, before driving his car into a group of anti-racist protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
In the months since the marches, journalist Shaun King also waged a campaign to identify the men who assaulted Harris in the wake of the demonstrations. The Washington Post reported that the former New York Post columnist, who now writes for the Intercept, is credited with identifying Ramos and Borden.
BuzzFeed News captured the incident live on Facebook.
The assault, which took place in a parking garage next to the police station, begins at the one-hour mark.