We can’t make this up: African-American school teacher DeAndre Harris, victim of a beating by neo-Nazis in Charlottesville in August, has been – ready for this? – charged with assaulting the white supremacists who beat him with boards, iron rods, and brass knuckles.
That is correct. Harris, in photos released by Truthout and carried worldwide, was shown being beaten close to death – has now been charged with the same crime as his attackers: “unlawful wounding”.
Last night (Monday, October 9), we have learned that the DeAndre Harris story has taken a twist that would, in a different era, be surprising. With several of DeAndre’s attackers still on the run – and police showing no interest in going after them – DeAndre just had an arrest warrant issued in his name. According to a media release issued by the Charlottesville Police Department, the warrant was for “Unlawful Wounding” (Va Code 18.2-51).
That’s right, the young man who you can see here being beaten to an inch of his life by half a dozen white supremacists will be …more
The first document was a memo that Kobach brought to a meeting with President-elect Trump in November 2016, which was partially exposed during a photo op and revealed that Kobach wants to “stop aliens from voting” by drafting amendments to the National Voter Registration Act “to promote proof of citizenship requirements.” The second unsealed document offers more insight into precisely how Kobach intends to do this. …more
Their evidence: the findings of the Palast Investigations team, our sleuths and our statisticians are cited throughout as the solid factual back-up for their suit to stop the wrongful removal of tens of thousands of voters of color in that state.
(Crosscheck is that secret hit list of 7 million Americans crafted by Kris Kobach, Trump’s “Elections Integrity” czar. The list, targeting minority voters was discovered and uncovered by …more
There is no reason for Crosscheck in Virginia. There’s not been a single case of someone voting in Virginia and another state. Not one case. It’s a massive disenfranchisement to stop a crime which does not exist. …more
Kris Kobach’s so-called “Election Integrity” Commission had their first public meeting in New Hampshire on Tuesday. One of the topics they discussed was claims made by a bogus Koch-funded Heritage Foundation report that 1,100 people in New Hampshire voted illegally (which Kobach repeated in his similarly bogus September 7 Breitbart column). The “evidence” that they used to back this claim up was that some people used out of state DMV ID to vote. On yesterday’s edition of the Thom Hartmann Program, Greg and Thom quickly debunk the Heritage Foundation and Kobach’s assertion that illegal out of state voters changed the outcome of the 2016 New Hampshire Senate race. …more
After spearheading the launch of The Voting Rights Project in Virginia at an event on Saturday, September 9, DC’s Civil Rights Center has called for the state to withdraw from Interstate Crosscheck.
In an open letter, submitted on September 12, 2016, the Executive Director of the Civil Rights Center, Dee Hunter, asked Virginia’s Democratic Governor, Terry McAuliffe, to terminate the state’s participation in the GOP’s racially-biased-by-design voter purging program.
“Terry McAuliffe has called the Trump-Kobach vote fraud commission a machine of ‘vote suppression’. Yet McAuliffe is one of the last Democratic governors to insist …more
The event had one main goal: To put pressure on the Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe – a Democrat – to remove the state from Kris Kobach’s stealth voter-purging system. Over a million voters have quietly …more
Still missing, the FBI moving on the others whom the attackers must know, including the man with the gun pictured below. (Thanks to Titter user @extapdancer for digitally enhancing the shot with a program called “Unshake” – see inset.)
“While we’re happy that arrests are going forward… these two men were identified immediately by journalists who covered the rally. There have been no additional identifications of any of the other participants by law enforcement,” said Harris’ attorney, Lee Merritt, in an interview for Democracy Now!. “We just hope that people don’t settle with these two arrests and that law enforcement doesn’t think that the job is done with these arrests.”
Note that the Justice Department has brought no charges for crossing state lines with intent to commit violence. (Maybe Jeff sessions thinks that the other attackers were “very fine people“.)
“I’m also concerned in these arrests that they have been undercharged. Each were charged with one felony account of a malicious assaulting,” said Merritt. “We’re talking about a group of white supremacists who attacked a young black male at a white supremacist rally while shouting racial slurs”¦ if this doesn’t set the table for hate-based criminal charges, I don’t know what will.” …more
“Suddenly, a fight breaks out behind me. De’Andre Harris comes running out and is followed by about a dozen white supremacists, who are chasing him with clubs, helmets and shields and every sort of weapon they could find. And they shove him into a parking arm. He falls down. They keep beating him, kicking him, using whatever they can find.”
Palast Investigative Fund photographer Zach D. Roberts is interviewed by Nermeen Shaikh for Democracy Now! about the brutal beating of De’Andre Harris he witnessed and caught on camera in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017.
You can see more of Zach D. Roberts’s images from Charlottesville here. Zach also got an exclusive interview with De’Andre Harris, which you can find here. …more
Above: Dan Borden attacking De’Andre Harris in a Charottesville parking garage.
Neo-Nazi Dan Borden, who nearly beat Black school teacher De’Andre Harris to death in Charlottesville on August 12, has been arrested after being identified via photos taken by courageous Palast Investigative Fund photographer Zach D. Roberts. Borden also assaulted Roberts, who kept taking photos of the skinhead attackers even after the attackers’ pal pulled a gun.
Journalism saves lives-when it doesn’t lie.
Borden, 18, a former Mason High School student from Ohio, was charged with malicious wounding by Charlottesville police on Thursday, August 24 for the brutal assault of Harris. He was arrested the following day and is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center in Cincinnati, OH awaiting extradition.
I am thrilled that the NAACP and the League of Women Voters are using our Crosscheck investigation evidence to stop Jim Crow in Indiana. Only 27 states left to go. Next target: Virginia, where a so-called Democrat, Terry McAuliffe needs to dump Trump’s Crosscheck purges.
Dick Gregory was a HUGE influence on my work and writings – that ability to take the darkest side of America and destroy the killers and Klansman with the deadly bullet of humor. Even while wilting from hunger (he would eat no solid food until the US left Vietnam). I memorized his speeches. He asked MLK III to introduce us so he could help promote The Best Democracy Money Can Buy – and I asked him to forgive me for his material that I plagiarized in our common cause. Alev ha-shalom, Brother Greg. …more
On August 12, 2017 a 20-year old school teacher named De’Andre Harris was brutally attacked with iron bars and pieces of wood by a group of neo-Nazis.
The attack took place in a parking garage on Market Street – right next to the Charlottesville Police Station. Our photographer Zach Roberts took photos of the attack, which have since gone viral and have been reprinted online and in newspapers around the world. However, neither Roberts, Harris, or myself have been contacted by police, the FBI or Department of Justice officials.
Since this is a federal crime, involving actors who conspired and crossed state lines, we decided to contact the FBI ourselves to seek justice for Harris. This video documents the seven calls we made on Friday, August 18 in a frustrating attempt to report the near-murder of Harris.
“I think there’s blame on both sides… you also had people that were very fine people on both sides.” – Donald Trump, speaking at a press conference at Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday, August 15.
The beating with iron bars and lumber of a black school teacher in Charlottesville reveals the lie behind Trump’s sickening claim that “both sides” are to blame. Our photographer’s camera shows that one side are the brutalizers, the other the brutalized.
You can see more of Zach D. Roberts’s images from Charlottesville – as featured on the cover of the New York Daily News above – here. Zach also got an exclusive interview with the teacher who was beaten, De’Andre Harris, which you can find here.