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McAuliffe wants arrests in beating of Deandre Harris during white supremacist violence

McAuliffe wants arrests in beating of Deandre Harris during white supremacist violence

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RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe “wants to see arrests and prosecutions” in the brutal beating of a black Charlottesville man by white supremacists on Aug. 12 amid violent protests.

Photos and video of the attack on Deandre Harris, an instructional assistant with the city schools, remain viral on social media.

“He’s seen that tape,” McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy said Monday. “That was a horrible event, and certainly those people should be held accountable.”

New York Daily News journalist Shaun King has spent more than a week sharing the photos and video and calling for an arrest of the men who beat Harris. The assault is under investigation by the Charlottesville police with assistance from the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the FBI.

In response to an inquiry Monday. Lt. Steve Upman of the Charlottesville police emailed a news release from Friday saying investigators are continuing to work on the investigation of the attack on Harris. “Information relevant to this investigation can be sent by email to our department at cvillerally@charlottesville.org.”

Harris told the online magazine The Root that he could have been killed in the assault.

“They were beating me with poles. I have eight staples in my head, a broken wrist and a chipped tooth,” he said in an interview published the day after the violence.

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