Charlottesville victim Deandre Harris' horrifying woundsby Richard Bailey 13/08/2017 19:01:00 0 comments 1 Views
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- Deandre Harris, 20, was beaten with sticks during the Charlottesville attack Saturday afternoon. He was left with several injuries
- Harris said he and his friends did not initiate physical violence towards the rioters and they were talking before one man starting hitting him with the pole
- The deadly event took place right outside the Charlottesville Police Department
- Harris said he did not receive assistance from police officers during the attack
- He is an aspiring musical artist who moved to the city two years ago when he began working as an instructor for a special education program
- The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with hospital bills. They are seeking a possible lawsuit against the perpetrators
By Jessa Schroeder For Dailymail.com
Published: 15:07 EDT, 13 August 2017 | Updated: 19:01 EDT, 13 August 2017
A victim from Saturday's Charlottesville riot that left three dead and several injured, took to social media to show the severity of his brutal beating after he was treated at a nearby hospital.
Deandre Harris, 20, was one of the members counter-protesting at the white supremacist rally 'Unite The Right,' when a group from a gang approached him and one person began clubbing him with a pole.
In the photo of the attack, captured by photographer Zach D. Roberts, the furious man is shown gripping the stick in his hand as Harris sits hunched on the ground helplessly.
'Me and about five of my friends were out protesting. We thought (the racists) left, but at one point they came back,' Harris said in an interview with The Root.
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Man is shown gripping the stick in his hand as Deandre Harris is hunched on the ground
Harris said and his friends did not initiate any form of physical violence
Harris, (center) was beaten to a pulp by white supremacists at the rally
Harris was transported to the Martha Jefferson Hospital, where he was treated
Harris had eight stitches in his head, a broken wrist and a chipped tooth, as well as other lacerations
Harris was left with eight stitches in his head, a broken wrist, lacerations and a chipped tooth from the onslaught.
He said he and his friends did not initiate physical violence towards the rioters.
'Everyone was exchanging words with the group, but then the KKK and white supremacists just rushed us,' he said.
The controversial rally took place right outside the Charlottesville Police Department, which was shown in images from the deadly event.
'No police were there to help me at all,' Harris revealed, while adding he was shocked the event was not shut down sooner.
Harris said 'everyone was exchanging words with the group, but the KKK and white supremacists rushed' up to them
Dozens were injured in skirmishes and many others after a white nationalist plowed his sports car into a throng of protesters
The riot took place right outside the Charlottesville Police Department
Protesters and counter-protesters alike were injured at the rally
'I think for them to be allowed to come here and protest is really crazy. How do you expect the KKK to come to your city to protest, and them not be violent?' he said.
'I understand everyone is entitled to their freedom of speech, but the government and the mayor made a bad business move. It's only caused havoc in your own city. It's crazier that people have the hatred in their heart to want to kill black people.'
Deandre, an aspiring musical artist, moved to the city of Charlottesville two years ago when he began working as an instructor for a special education program.
Harris said he and his family are seeking a possible lawsuit against the perpetrators.
Loved ones of the victim have since created a GoFundMe page to help aid in Harris' medical expenses.
When describing the event on the page, Harris said he was 'knocked unconscious repeatedly' and each time he tried to stand up, he 'was knocked back down' to the ground.
'If it was not for my friends that I came with I would have been beaten to a pulp... Once I was dragged off to some near by steps I was taken to the designated area for injured protesters & counter-protesters,' he wrote.
'My injuries were too extensive to be treated at the scene so I was taken to the ER at Martha Jefferson Hospital. I was diagnosed with a concussion, an ulnar fracture, and had to receive eight staples in my head. I also have a laceration across my right eyebrow, abrasions on my knees & elbows, and a chipped tooth.
'I'm so blessed to be alive to tell my story and to show the world that racism is very much still alive ... I appreciate the support from my friends, family, and the news platforms that have reached out to check on me,' he added.
'We will not let this fade & disappear. People are carrying real hate in their hearts for the Black Community and I refuse to just let it happen. God Bless & thank you all again!'
Harris' family members are accepting financial aid for his medical expenses