This civil complaint concerns
to discourage future acts of violence and to obtain compensation for the wrongs inflicted on the American capital, declared at a press conference its attorney general, Karl Racine.
He said hope
inflict the greatest possible financial penalty to these two extremist organizations.
If we could bankrupt them it would be a great day […].
Most of the individuals named in the complaint are already the subject of federal criminal proceedings and could face trial in the spring.
The City of Washington’s complaint is based on a law enacted in 1871 to protect the rights of African Americans after the abolition of slavery in 1865, notably against extremist groups like the Ku Klux Klan.
In the 1980s and 1990s, complaints lodged in this context by anti-racist activists brought several extremist organizations to their knees, forced to cede their property to pay the compensation set by the courts.
In November, American far-right figures and organizations were ordered to pay more than US $ 25 million to victims of a 2017 protest they organized in Charlottesville, Virginia, which had turned into a drama.
Another complaint before civil justice
In February, Congressman Democrat Bennie Thompson had already filed a civil lawsuit against the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, as well as against former President Donald Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani for their role in the January 6 attack on the seat of Congress.
it is the first time that a local government is trying to obtain redress, said Karl Racine.
It is about withdrawing its means to hatred, he said.
According to his complaint,
the January 6 attack was a coordinated act of domestic terrorism, and the City of Washington then found itself obliged
manage the consequences of this coup. In particular, this caused significant medical costs for the town’s police officers injured in the clashes.
After a speech by President Donald Trump evoking without proof
massive electoral fraud, hundreds of his supporters had stormed the Capitol, when elected officials certified the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the presidential election.