Black man beaten at white supremacist rally in Charlottesville faces felony charge

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Harris, 20, had been protesting the white nationalist rally when he exchanged words with six neo-Nazis who then attacked him - repeatedly beating him with large yellow poles in a parking garage near the Charlottesville Police Station and leaving him unconscious.

A magistrate, not the police department, issued the warrant, although a news release said police officers had verified other video that led to the arrest. In the end it was your hair, your bracelets, your glasses, your tattoo on your forearm, the white supremacist pins and necklaces, and your own bragging online that helped us identify you as one of the felony attackers of DeAndre Harris in Charlottesville. Harris' attorney S. Lee Merritt said the charge is "clearly retaliatory" and maintained Harris did not investigate the fight. As shown both in photos and videos, Harris, 20, was attacked by a group of white supremacists, including by one wielding an enormous metal pole.

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

Merritt also said the accuser is tied to the white supremacist groups, and suggested that the person had tried earlier to implicate Harris in the incident, according to the Post. The attack left Harris bloodied, with a fractured wrist, a knee injury, abrasions and a cut on his head that required staples.

Activists and other supporters are still working to identify those involved in Harris' attack. A task force arrested Mr. Goodwin without incident at his parents' house on Tuesday afternoon, serving a warrant from the Charlottesville Police Department, Mr. Sanders said.

The Virginia rally drew national attention after a counterprotester was killed when a vehicle driven by an alleged Nazi sympathizer plowed into a crowd.

In an August interview with CBS affiliate WGCL before he turned himself in, Ramos said he's not a white nationalist. These are the same charges they filed against the men who attacked Deandre.

Timothy Porter, an African-American resident of Charlottesville, told Al Jazeera the system is "crooked" and allows police to "treat minorities (especially black men) however they want".

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