Time Magazine's Top 100 Photos of 2017: Our own Zach D. Roberts’ photo of the beating of a Black school teacher De'Andre Harris by neo-Nazis. The five men beating the teacher are the "good people" lauded by ...more
By Greg Palast with Zach D. Roberts for Truthout
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”.
Several of Harris’ attackers remain on the run — and local and federal officials show little interest in going after them. Yet, a Charlottesville magistrate issued a warrant to arrest Harris yesterday, October 9. …more
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
On Monday, August 27, police finally arrested the second of two assailants identified from Palast Investigative Fund photographer Zach D. Roberts’ Charlottesville photos. Alex Michael Ramos, who surrendered himself to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia on Monday evening, has been charged with one count of malicious wounding. Fellow attacker, Dan Borden, faces a similar charge for the brutal assault of Black school teacher De’Andre Harris, which nearly cost him his life.
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
Democracy Now!: Neo-Nazi Attack in Charlottesville Caught on Camera by Palast Photographer Zach D. Roberts
“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.
Charlottesville Nazi Attacker Dan Borden Arrested For Brutal Assault Of School Teacher De’Andre Harris
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.
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.
No, the terrorist attack on peaceful counter protesters Saturday in Charlottesville was not an isolated incident. Anyone who says that is lying to you.
I don’t want no damn healing words from Donald Trump. I want the Justice Department to hunt down the white terrorists. Neither the FBI nor the Charlottesville police have asked for the hi-res photos of this attack taken by our photographer Zach D Roberts. And there’s been no contact at all with the victim, De’Andre Harris. Justice, not tears.
Get the full story behind this powerful image here.
Don’t look away. Four white neo-Nazis are beating a Black man, crawling on the ground, with their metal poles and a yellow hunk of lumber. The beating continues — there’s blood on the pavement.
Our photographer, Zach D. Roberts, continues to shoot — even as a white militant raises a 9mm pistol to his face.
Zach got a shot of the gun and gunman, too. Luckily, the gunman didn’t shoot back. …more
July 3 would have been my parents’ 67th Anniversary. 67 years. Maybe it was the triumph of Hope over Reality (still have that Obama 2008 poster?). Or maybe something else, something that those of us who haven’t walked that far down the path can’t imagine.
My Dad’s last wish the night before he died last November was to dedicate some of his small savings to the Palast Investigative Fund.
It’s the only time I wished he’d been an investment banker. He wasn’t, so the Gil Palast Memorial Fund is small. And therefore, I appreciate deeply the donations many of you added to it.
My mom asked me to wait until my parents’ would-have-been anniversary to announce the recipient of the Gil Palast Really Tiny Memorial Fellowship in Investigative Reporting.
And the winner is: Rob Roberts, fish biologist. …more
I just wanted to send a thanks to all those who have donated to the Gil Palast Memorial fund over the past couple of months. I know Gil would have been happy to see that so many people still believe in the power of journalism.
Back in 2008 I got to meet Greg’s Dad — he was crotchety and using a walker but that didn’t stop him from getting into a heated fight with me over politics. I told him that I didn’t like who won the 2008 primaries, and that opened up the can of worms that I didn’t vote for his candidates in previous elections. It wasn’t that Gil was a partisan (though he had his leanings), it was that he liked a good fight or maybe he was testing me – I’m not sure.
Eventually Gladys Palast settled us both down like any good Jewish mother by yelling louder than both of us. “Leave the boy alone! Let him vote for who he wants!” Gil grumbled and we agreed to let past elections be forgotten. I love a good verbal brawl and Gil was always up for one of those (I think it’s in the Palast genes).
Either way, I voted and I cared — that was what was important. I know that his parents were happy that someone my age still gave a s*** about politics. Later that evening I would find out how important the vote was to them when Greg interviewed them for the 2008 Elections piece that would later be in the DVD ‘Palast Investigates.’ I filmed it, finding it hard to keep the camera steady as they shot back and forth at each other remembering their first vote over 70 years ago like some Jerry Stiller routine. If I remember correctly it was for FDR, “all four times” — I told them I was jealous they got to vote for him at all. The interview wasn’t just a cute throw-a-way for the film — Greg’s parents vote were thrown away. Let them explain why — [http://www.youtube.com/user/GregPalastOffice#p/a/u/1/35enlgOG0Rk]
As a thank you to those who’ve donated over $50 I’d like to send you an 8×10 print of one of photos that you see at the link — http://www.flickr.com/photos/zroberts/sets/72157626963094861/
Thanks again — ZD Roberts