DeAndre Harris Files Lawsuit Against 2017s Unite the Right Rally Attackers, Organizers
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The man at the center of a violent parking garage beating in Charlottesville during 2017s Unite the Right Rally has filed a federal lawsuit against his attackers and several others. DeAndre Harris says his civil rights were violated and was discriminated against based solely on his race.
Organizers and attendees of the Unite the Right Rally are now facing yet another legal battle. Three of the 36 defendants in this suit - Daniel Borden, Alex Ramos, and Jacob Goodwin are already serving time in prison for their roles in the attack on Harris. A fourth attacker, Tyler Watkins Davis, will be sentenced in late August and faces up to 20 years behind bars.
Along with those four men - two unidentified attackers, rally organizers Jason Kessler and Richard Spencer are listed as defendants, as well as several other individuals and alt-right or white supremacist groups like the Ku Klux Klan, Identity Evropa, and The League of the South among others.
The 25-page suit alleges those men conspired to commit violence at the August 12, 2017 rally against black and Jewish counter-protestors. As a result, Harris' civil rights were violated when he was seriously injured both physically and emotionally.
As far as damages go in the suit, Harris is asking the court to award him any financial reward it sees fit after a jury trial. He is also asking for his attorney's fees to be paid for.
Right now, a first court date for this case has not yet been announced.