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December 15, 2017

Arkansan arrested in assault of black man at Virginia white supremacist rally


Arkansan arrested in assault of black man at Virginia white supremacist rally

A 22-year-old Arkansan is the third person arrested in an attack on a black man that was recorded on video…


A 22-year-old Arkansan is the third person arrested in an attack on a black man that was recorded on video at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in August, The Washington Post reported.

Jacob Goodwin of Ward was arrested Tuesday on a warrant from Virginia and was being held at the Lonoke County jail as of Wednesday afternoon, records show.

Goodwin was identified as one of at least five men who can be seen in online video footage pummeling DeAndre Harris, a 20-year-old former special education instruction assistant, inside a parking garage after the Aug. 12 rally, the Post reported.

The footage reportedly shows a man identified as Goodwin, clad in a tactical military helmet and carrying a large plastic shield, kicking Harris on the ground. At one point, Goodwin appears to hit Harris with his shield, according to the newspaper.

Lonoke County sheriff’s office spokesman Matt Edwards told the Post that Goodwin was taken into custody near Ward and will be extradited to Virginia. The charges Goodwin faces were not known.

In an interview with Post before Goodwin’s arrest, his mother, Tamera Goodwin, confirmed that her son was in the parking garage during the attack and was the one wearing the military tactical gear and carrying the plastic shield.

“I told him, ‘It does look like you kick him,’ but he said, ‘No, Mom, I didn’t,'” she told the Post.

The Virginia rally drew national attention after a counterprotester was killed when a car driven by an alleged Nazi sympathizer plowed into a crowd.

A call to the Lonoke County sheriff’s office was not returned Wednesday afternoon.


Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Arkansan arrested in assault of black man at Virginia white supremacist rally

Arkansan arrested in assault of black man at Virginia white supremacist rally

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