The circumstances behind the issuance of a warrant for Harris' arrest were not initially made public, but Charlottesville police promised an explanation following the arrest.
The police don't have sufficient probable cause to charge Harris, his lawyer said.
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Harris's civil attorney S. Lee Merritt told The Washington Post that he believed the charge against Harris was "clearly retaliatory" and said the accuser was a member of a white supremacist group. He maintained that his client didn't instigate the fight.
"We find it highly offensive and upsetting, but what's more jarring is that he's been charged with the same crime as the men who attacked him", Merritt told the newspaper. A statement from police has been published in full by NBC 29. Alex Michael Ramos, 33, of Jackson, Georgia, was charged with felonious assault, and Daniel Patrick Borden, 18, of Mason, Ohio, was charged with malicious wounding, in connection with the Harris case, according to the Charlottesville Daily Progress.
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At the rally, Heather Heyer was killed when a vehicle struck a crowd of counter protesters. Then, Harris used a flashlight to scuffle with the white nationalist.
Harris has said the attack left him with a concussion, a gash on his head that required almost a dozen staples, and other injuries. Harris is accused of attacking another man first, and is wanted on charges of unlawful wounding. I was knocked unconscious repeatedly.
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What happened to Harris that day in Charlottesville quickly went viral on social media after photos captured by journalist Zach D. Roberts, showing Harris being beaten with poles by the group of thugs quickly went viral. "I was diagnosed with a concussion, an ulnar fracture, and had to receive eight staples in my head". He also suffered a broken wrist and a chipped tooth.