- The Washington Times - Monday, August 14, 2017

A black Virginia man is speaking out after he says he was viciously attacked and beaten by white supremacists inside a Charlottesville parking garage during violent protests Saturday.

Deandre Harris, 20, said he traveled to Emancipation Park to protest a white nationalist rally when a fight broke out. He said he was chased by a group of white men and beaten with metal poles as he lay helpless on the ground.

Video posted by journalist Chuck Modiano, shared by Mr. Harris, showed a group of white men throwing objects at a black man on the ground and hitting him with sticks. Mr. Modiano said the man was “safe but bloody” following the incident.

“As I fall down I’m getting beat by poles and signs and people are hitting me and kicking me,” Mr. Harris told a local CBS affiliate. “I got eight staples in my head, I got a cut [above my eyebrow], a busted lip, I broke my wrist, [I have] a chipped tooth.”

He said he drifted in and out of consciousness during the beating and was eventually taken to the emergency room at Martha Jefferson Hospital.

Mr. Harris‘ parents said a photo on Twitter posted by Zach D. Roberts showed their son being beaten at the entrance of the parking garage near the police station.

“The beating happened right beside the police department, and no police were there to help me at all. My mother is now thinking about suing the city of Charlottesville,” Mr. Harristold The Root.

“Every time I think about it and I think about seeing those videos, it hurts. It hurts a lot,” Felicia Harris, Mr. Harris‘ mother, told CBS.

A GoFundMe page to help Mr. Harris with medical bills has raised more than $106,000 as of Monday afternoon. A photo on the page showed Mr. Harris with blood gushing from his head. He told The Root that he was in the process of pressing charges and said Mr. Roberts is helping to identify the attackers.

Violence broke out in Charlottesville Saturday during clashes between white supremacist groups and counter-protesters. A 32-year-old woman was killed and more than a dozen others injured when a car crashed into a crowd in an incident that is now being investigated by the FBI and Department of Justice. Two Virginia State Police troopers were also killed in a helicopter crash near the protests.


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