Social media activists shared images of the beating on Twitter and social media, asking members of the public to identify the men involved. The photos eventually spread to hundreds of thousands of people.
Greg Berberich, attorney for Borden's family, claimed Borden was charged "as a consequence of rioting caused by the City of Charlottesville's decision to allow (Black Lives Matter) and Antifah (sic) members to attack those protesting the removal of Robert E. Lee's statue from a local park."
Berberich said Borden "was struck in the head and tear gassed multiple times" as he left the park.
"Dan repeatedly requested protection from Charlottesville Police and was ignored," Berberich said. "We believe Dan will be exonerated."
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