Man beaten at protest says police were indifferent to attack
McLEAN, Va. (AP) -- A Virginia man says police failed to come to his aid as he was beaten by white supremacists during Saturday's violent protests that led to three deaths.
Photos and video of the beating inflicted on 21-year-old DeAndre Harris in Charlottesville have gone viral. Police said Tuesday they are investigating the incident, portions of which were captured on video, and that they have identified one person of interest.
According to police, that person of interest is Dan Borden, of Mason, Ohio.
Zach Roberts, a documentary photographer, said he told police officers immediately after the beating what occurred and that he had photos of the attack, but they were not interested at the time.
Harris was beaten in a parking garage right next to the city police station.
A member of a Southern Nationalist group says Harris and his friends instigated the attack.
Harris, an instructional assistant at Charlottesville City Schools, did not respond to messages from The Associated Press seeking comment. A GoFundMe page set up to help him with his medical bills quickly raised more than $125,000.
He suffered a broken wrist and a chipped tooth, and had eight staples in his scalp to close a head wound.