Nearly a year later, justice has finally come for the white supremacists who brutally beat a black man during the “Unite the Right” hate rally in Charlottesville, North Carolina, last year.
Jacob Scott Goodwin, 23, was found guilty of “malicious wounding” by a jury for brutally beating a black man, DeAndre Harris, 20, along with several other of his fellow neo-Nazi chuds during the rally.
DeAndre Harris suffered a slew of injuries, including a broken arm, a spinal injury, and serious head lacerations. Goodwin, on the other hand, came ready for blood with a homemade riot shield and body armor that was covered in pins celebrating Adolf Hitler and the white supremacist Traditional Worker’s Party.
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The video of the assault is not for the faint of heart:
The jury has recommended a sentence of ten years in prison for Goodwin.
Three more men have been indicted for the assault; the second trial, for Alex Ramos, began today. The others, for Daniel Borden and Tyler Davis, will begin on 6/5 and 7/16, respectively.
The trial, as observed and live-tweeted by the Charlottesville Democratic Socialists of America co-chair who goes by the name Molly on Twitter, saw some vicious and truly ugly attempts at manipulation on the part of the defense, who forced the victim to re-watch his own assault over and over again – but thankfully, it only succeeded in alienating the jury.
This is the first step on the road to justice – but there’s still a very long way to go. The brazenness with which this attack was committed and the confidence with which white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and racists took to the streets in order to protect a symbol of racial subjugation should send chills down the spine of every American.