It is probably true that more than a few Americans have seen the video of six white supremacists kicking and beating an African American man in a parking garage during the Nazi uprising in Charlottesville in August. Although the latest ‘Nazi torchlight uprising’ over the weekend was relatively short and uneventful, less than 48 hours after it concluded a Virginia magistrate issued an arrest warrant for the African American victim injured in the August parking garage attack; the victim is being charged with a felony.
It is not enough to be a arrested for just “walking, driving or shopping while Black.” Now the 20-year old beating victim is facing arrest for being “violently beaten by six Nazis” next to a police station while Black. This display of “Americana” shouldn’t surprise anyone, especially the local police, but it was a move the police never saw coming. The officer supervising the “parking garage case,” Detective Sgt. Jake Via said ”We were not expecting this. We were expecting to do our own investigation into the man’s allegations.”
Apparently, in Virginia all it takes to get someone, like the man 6 men violently beat, arrested is for an “alleged” victim to visit and chat with the local magistrate. According to the Washington Post:
“Any alleged crime victim can approach a magistrate to obtain an arrest warrant against the alleged perpetrator.”
The alleged victim must file a police report, and then the magistrate needs the victim’s testimony to issue an arrest warrant. The surprised Detective supervising the investigation said, “The arrest warrant was based solely on the victim’s testimony.” There was no police investigation or other witness testimony and certainly no video of the attack on the Black man because the magistrate would have seen what really happened.
Even though the Nazi ‘victim’ filed a complaint with the police, he knew the video evidence would disprove his “complaint” so he went to the magistrate to get an arrest warrant issued against his gang’s victim. After the arrest warrant is served on DeAndre Harris for “unlawful wounding” while being beaten by six Nazis, the decision to prosecute falls to the Commonwealth’s Attorney.
The Nazi claims that when he attempted to “spear” the counter-protestor with the a pole of a Confederate flag, Mr. Harris swung a flashlight toward the attacker in defense just before being knocked down, kicked and beaten by the six Nazi thugs. Investigators studying the video of the attack identified one of the 6 assailants as the white supremacist who went crying to the magistrate to get the beating victim arrested.
The attorney for the Black beating victim, S. Lee Merritt, was stunned by the charge and said it was orchestrated the white supremacist group the League of the South. It is no coincidence that the Nazi filing the complaint, Harold Ray Crews, runs the League of the South’s North Carolina chapter and defines himself as proud “Southern Nationalist” and an attorney who knows how Virginia law works. The Southern Poverty Law Center has rightly labeled the League of the South as a bonafide hate group.
Mr. Harris’ attorney said the Nazi Crews “was not injured in any way” and that “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.”
While decent people would be offended, and find it jarring, the Nazis were celebrating that an African American beating victim is facing prison. Shortly after the “charge” was announced, a prominent white nationalist and a racist asshole followed the racist in the Oval Office’s lead and “issued a celebratory tweet.” Hunter Wallace said:
“Did you hear the news? DeAndre Harris is going to jail. Yeah, he is being booked this morning. His whole story was another race hoax.”
Of course the dirty racist is lying, or he is too stupid to realize that millions of other Americans watched Mr. Harris on the ground being kicked and beaten with sticks by six ‘white nationalist” Nazis. Apparently not only is being beaten while Black now a crime, the video of being beaten while Black is “another race hoax.” No doubt the medical professionals diagnosing the victim’s spinal cord injury and stitching up a head laceration would dispute the injuries are just “another race hoax”
The “prominent white nationalists” celebrating the arrest warrant was a slap in the face to the private instigators helping police identify the assailants in the attack during the Nazi uprising. The so-called “online sleuths” are led by journalist and activist Shaun King have “spent hundreds of hours poring over photos and video footage of the rally and the parking garage attack.” Mr. King said what any non-racist should say; he was appalled that Mr. Harris has been charged.
“I am disgusted that the justice system bent over backwards to issue a warrant for one of the primary victims of that day, when I and others had to fight like hell to get that same justice system to prosecute people who were vicious in their attacks against Harris and others. Now, we’re seeing white supremacists celebrate on social media, bragging about Harris’s arrest. They’re hailing this as a victory.”
It is not necessarily that white supremacists are hailing a “victory” as they’re hailing a return to a not-so-distant era when 6 white men can violently beat an African American and then get the injured victim arrested for being Black while being beaten and kicked by six white Nazis. This is precisely how Trump intends to make America great again and why his most ardent supporters are white supremacist Nazis.