Black man beaten during Charlottesville rally acquitted of assault

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A young black man beaten during a racially-charged protest in the Charlottesville, Virginia, last August was found not guilty on misdemeanor assault charges, the media reported.

Harris suffered a concussion, a knee injury and a head laceration, among other injuries, during the assault.

"The behavior I've seen is appalling", he said.

"I don't see that Mr. Harris did anything wrong that day", Downer said.

In response, several white supremacists chased Harris into a parking garage and attacked him, for which four of them are facing charges. In one clip posted on YouTube, Crews and a friend of Harris' are pulling on either end of a large flagpole.

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Harris still faces charges in Southampton for speeding, transporting a loaded rifle and possession of a concealed weapon, official say.

Charlottesville General District Court Judge Robert Downer determined that Harris swung the flashlight accidentally. The gathering became violent, and a man drove a vehicle into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one of them, Heather D. Heyer, 32.

The rally, planned in part protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, is blamed for the death of a woman who was killed when a auto was driven into a crowd of counter-protesters. James Alex Fields Jr., 20, has been charged with murder in her death.

"I [saw] Mr. Crews driving his flag into Corey, and that's when I tried to break up the altercation with the flashlight", Harris told the judge. The protesters clashed with counter-protesters and Charlottesville police reportedly did not ensure separation between the two groups. Then he said someone sprayed him with mace and "everything was a blur after that", the newspaper reported.

A Charlottesville judge acquitted 20-year-old DeAndre Harris, saying it was clear Harris didn't intend to harm the leader of a Southern nationalist group who made a complaint against him.

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