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Black Man Beaten in Charlottesville Cleared of Assaulting White Supremacist

© REUTERS / Joshua RobertsMembers of white nationalists are met by a group of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S
Members of white nationalists are met by a group of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S - Sputnik International
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - A young black man beaten during a racially-charged protest in the Charlottesville, Virginia, last August was found not guilty on misdemeanor assault charges, the media reported.

The Daily Progress reported on Friday that a US judge in the Charlottesville General District Court found DeAndre Harris not guilty of a misdemeanor assault charge.

US Judge Robert Downer said it was clear Harris did not intend to harm the complainant, the report said.

Harris was brutally beaten on August 12 by a group of men in downtown Charlottesville amid a racially-charged protest.

James Alex Fields Jr., (L) is seen attending the Unite the Right rally in Emancipation Park before being arrested by police and charged with charged with one count of second degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of failing to stop at an accident that resulted in a death after police say he drove a car into a crowd of counter-protesters later in the afternoon in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S - Sputnik International
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On August 13, Harris told Sputnik that he suffered a head injury that required eight stitches, a broken wrist, busted lip and bruises and cuts to his legs.

"I thought I was going to die," Harris said.

On August 12, white nationalists demonstrated against the city of Charlottesville for planning to remove a statue of confederate general Robert E. Lee. The protesters clashed with counter-protesters and Charlottesville police reportedly did not ensure separation between the two groups.

During the protest, a white nationalist rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters killing one person and injuring 19 others.

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