Four Arrested For Toppling Statue, Zero Arrested For Brutal Beating

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Above Photo: Five white supremacists beat 20-year-old Deandre Harris in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend. (Photo: Dre Harris/GoFundMe)

“The beating happened right beside the Police Department, and no police were there to help me at all.”

As communities across the United States enact or expedite plans to take down monuments revering those who advocated for white supremacy and slavery, police in Durham, North Carolina have arrested four people for their alleged roles in toppling a statue of a Confederate soldier.

Meanwhile in Charlottesville, Virginia—where white supremacists and neo-Nazis violently demonstrated over the weekend—police have yet to arrest anyone for viciously beating Deandre Harris, a 20-year-old black man, even though photo and video footage of five white men assaulting Harris has been virally circulated on social media and televised news for several days.

Harris and his friends—who helped him escape the violent attack to seek medical attention—were in the area to protest a gathering of white supremacists who were demonstrating at Emancipation Park in response to the city’s plans to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

“They were beating me with poles. I have eight staples in my head, a broken wrist and a chipped tooth,” Harris told The Root.

“The beating happened right beside the Police Department, and no police were there to help me at all. My mother is now thinking about suing the city of Charlottesville,” Harris added.

While reporting indicates police may have some leads in the assault on Harris, no arrests have been made or charges filed.

“Despite widespread internet video footage of the beating,” the New York Daily News reported Wednesday, “not a single suspect was in custody three days after the bloody assault.”

Harris’s beating has been broadcast for the world to see, but the inaction by law enforcement was not limited to this case. Even though city and state officials spent weeks preparing for the demonstrations, and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe eventually declared a state of emergency to shut down demonstrations Saturday, dozens of people were injured and 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed.

As reporters on the ground for ProPublica reported: “The police did little to stop the bloodshed. Several times, a group of assault-rifle-toting militia members from New York State, wearing body armor and desert camo, played a more active role in breaking up fights.”

Many people turned to Twitter to encourage members of the public to help identify the men in the video—which has produced some possible leads—but also to express frustration with the disparity between how law enforcement has responded to five men beating Harris in Charlottesville, and the protesters who took down the statue in Durham.

In Durham, as police began arresting people in relation to the toppled statue on Tuesday, North Carolina’s Democratic governor called for the state and local governments to work together to remove the state’s remaining Confederate monuments.

“Our Civil War history is important, but it belongs in textbooks and museums ,” Gov. Roy Cooper wrote on Medium. “These monuments should come down.”

To implement Cooper’s proposal, “the Republican-controlled legislature would have to repeal the 2015 law restricting the removal of monuments. Cooper says he’s also asked state officials to determine costs and logistics for removing Confederate monuments from state property,” the Washington Post reports.

  • There were also attacks by Black Nationalist who are also racists and George Soros funded and bussed in protesters. The Black Panthers are promoted and whites are bad. This is why you lost the election, white people are sick of being told they are the problems of society, I am white, I never owned slaves etc. This is why you will continue to lose, white guilt is garbage, no guilt here.

  • Margaret Flowers

    This is the first I’ve heard of “attacks by Black nationalists.” What is your evidence? Likewise – people always say that Soros “bussed in protesters.” Where is your evidence for that? Racism is about a system that perpetuates it and white supremacy. It is not about you personally, except to the extent that you are either complicit with it or work to understand and change it. This is a common misperception.

  • Margaret Flowers
  • timmfr30

    you are saturated with hate…sad for you

  • Aquifer

    Your inclusion of the phrase “But we are just one human family” in the category of “covert white supremacy” is interesting … Is it because you believe that we are not? Isn’t the problem that too many believe we are not …

    “Peace will not come on the earth until the circle of humanity is complete. Until all four colors sit in the circle and share their teachings”
    – Cherokee Elder on Medicine Wheel Prophecy

  • Margaret Flowers

    I did not make the graphic. I believe that phrase is in there because it is used as an excuse to deny that racism exists. It denies the fact that race was created as a construct and is used to create an oppressive hierarchy. We can’t function as one human family until we dismantle racist systems of oppression. It’s like saying “all lives matter” instead of “black Lives matter.” All lives won’t matter until black lives matter.

  • Aquifer

    Used as an excuse by whom? Not by me – i have been using that phrase or a variation thereof for over a quarter of a century – to argue that until we concentrate more on what we have in common than on our differences, which are, in a very real sense, only skin deep, we will forever be, at best, bickering, and at worst, fighting …

    Au contraire – that phrase is a very refutation of the concept that race is anything but a construct to justify one groups hegemony over another – look at the history of the concept of “race” – it was/is used to deny the fact that we ARE “one human family”, to deny that the only legitimate use of “race” as a descriptive or category is when it is put in front of “human”

    We can’t undo those racist systems of oppression as long as we cling to the concept that there are “fundamental” differences between folks based on – skin color – if we drop that construct, how then can any of us justify treating others like crap – if we drop that cobstruct we will have to face what it is based on – selfishness, greed, all those “cardinal sins” that are endemic features of the human species …

    And i would say the reverse is true – that black lives won’t matter until all lives matter – because when all lives matter – then ALL lives will matter ….

    I know i am not PC here – I have taken a lot of flack for insisting that “all lives matter” – but i will not abandon that phrase that is the basis of all ethical traditions just because someone has apparently now decided it should be placed in the same category as the “N” word …

    I will fight for it and not allow it to be considered co-opted by a bunch of racists … they have stolen so much, will we allow them to steal our language, too?