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Arkansan arrested in assault of black man at Virginia rally

By Rachel Herzog

This article was originally published October 11, 2017 at 2:15 p.m. Updated October 11, 2017 at 5:06 p.m.

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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 by the U.S. Marshals Service on a warrant from Virginia, a spokesman for the Lonoke County sheriff's office told Arkansas Online. As of Wednesday afternoon, he was being held at the county jail.

According to the sheriff's office, Goodwin has an extradition hearing set for Friday.

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.

Lt. Steve Upman, a spokesman for police in Charlottesville, told The Associated Press that Goodwin is charged with malicious wounding in the Aug. 12 beating.

Two other men were also charged in the assault. They are being held in Virginia.

Meanwhile, police said this week that Harris himself has also been charged with an alleged assault during that confrontation.

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 counter-protester was killed when a car driven by an alleged Nazi sympathizer plowed into a crowd.

Read Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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hotlilrock_yahoo.com says... October 11, 2017 at 2:37 p.m.

I'm just here for the comments lol.

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TimberTopper says... October 11, 2017 at 2:43 p.m.

How about attempted murder as the charge?

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Jfish says... October 11, 2017 at 3:41 p.m.

TT, the Huffpost reported that there is also a warrant for Harris' arrest, so I would say let's wait and get all the facts before charging anyone with attempted murder.

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PopulistMom says... October 11, 2017 at 3:48 p.m.

JFish,

Yes. After the Charlottesville Police refused to charge Harris, the white supremacists were able to find one magistrate who would. One report implies that Harris responded to one person attacking him and then was savagely beaten by the white supremacists. I've not seen the tape, but I am not sure that Harris should even be charged with a misdemeanor--much less a felony. Apparently, the police department chose not to charge him with anything. The guys who beat him savagely are being charged with felonies.

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ARMNAR says... October 11, 2017 at 4:14 p.m.

You know what to do.

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TravisBickle says... October 11, 2017 at 4:22 p.m.

Harris started it and has been charged with a felony.

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nrb says... October 11, 2017 at 4:45 p.m.

Sickening. This is what will make America Great Again?

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rubythecat96gmailcom says... October 11, 2017 at 5:01 p.m.

hope they keep in him Virginia. hateful. ignorant people like that gives Arkansas a bad name.

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DoubleBlind says... October 11, 2017 at 5:02 p.m.

TB - Were you there? Were you a witness? Because if not, you frankly sound like a white supremacist fantasist. Yes, there's a warrant for Harris but it will be dismissed. The guy, Crews, who claimed Harris hit him with a flashlight has since been proved to be a liar. There is photo evidence of a white guy hitting Crews with a some sort of rod or flagpole. Harris was simply a black guy trying to defend himself from a rabid gang of armed racists.

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ARMNAR says... October 11, 2017 at 5:05 p.m.

Klan much, Travis?

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