Shaun King — a columnist with the New York Daily News — just outed an assailant from the Charlottesville hate rally. But as of right now, he’s still free.

King spent the last week devoting the bulk of his time to asking his 732,000+ followers to identify the men who brutally beat 20-year-old Charlottesville resident Deandre Harris with fists and weapons, none of whom have been arrested so far. On Friday, he hit pay dirt:

In the photos King assembled, 33-year-old Michael Alex Ramos is clearly seen in the iconic red “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” trucker cap that became the quintessential symbol of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, landing blows on Harris with other white supremacists during the Charlottesville riots. However, despite Ramos’ clear involvement in the assault, neither the Charlottesville Police Department, the Virginia State Police, nor the Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office have issued any warrants for the arrest of any of Harris’ assailants as of this writing.

Both Harris and his family have spoken out regarding the lack of justice for his attackers, with his attorney saying police have “more than enough evidence” to make an arrest. According to King, police in Marietta, Georgia, where Ramos reportedly lives, have said they’re willing to arrest Ramos. However, because the crime didn’t occur within their jurisdiction, authorities in Marietta and Cobb County, Georgia are unable to make an arrest without a warrant from law enforcement bodies in Virginia.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution dug up videos of Ramos bragging about attacking Harris on social media not long after claiming he committed no acts of violence at the rally. Ramos maintained the attacks were in self-defense despite no video evidence existing of Harris provoking his attackers.

“I didn’t jump nobody,” Ramos said in a rambling Facebook live video. “I know what you are talking about.Where do you see me beating somebody up? Do you see me in the attack mode? No, you just see me jumping around a lot.”

“Nobody else was protecting us. Yeah, I’m glad I stomped some ass out there,” he added. “You hurt my people I guess we hurt you back.”

DeAndre Harris after being beaten by white supremacists. (Photo by Ian Black)

In addition to Harris being beaten by Ramos and the roaming gang of white supremacists, 32-year-old counter-protester Heather Heyer was run over and killed, allegedly by 20-year-old white supremacist James Fields, who allegedly injured dozens of others in the car attack. Nine other white supremacist rallies are reportedly underway this weekend in several major U.S. cities.

 

Scott Alden covers national politics, education, and environmental issues for Grit Post. He is a proud Toledo University graduate, and lives in Inkster, Michigan.

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