On August 12, 2017, white supremacist, KKK members, and racists entered the city of Charlottesville for a pro-white rally that quickly turned violent. It resulted in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer who was protesting against white supremacy. Out of Charlotteville also came the story of 20-Deandre Harris that was cornered and beaten by white supremacist protesters.
Just two weeks after the protest, 18-year-old Daniel P. Borden was charged in the brutal beating of Deandre Harris. He was arrested Friday, August 25, 2017, and has been held at the Hamilton County Justice Center according to Charlottesville police.
33-year-old Alex Michael Ramos was arrested and charged with malicious wounding, a felony punishable by 5 years.
In an interview with the New York Times, the attorney for Deandre Harris and his family explained that, “news of the arrest of one of the six men that assaulted him comes five suspects short and 14 days too late. Given that these men were identified by a journalist almost immediately, it appears that law enforcement sat on its hands for a couple of weeks before deciding they probably should arrest .”
The journalist that was able to identify the criminals is Shaun King an activist and former columnist at The Daily News in New York.
Police also charged 52-year-old Richard W. Preston for discharging a firearm within 1, 000 feet of a school. This is a crime punishable by up to 10 years. Preston was arrested Saturday, August 26, 2017, and is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson in Maryland.
(Source: New York Times)
(AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
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