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DC file Civilian suit against the proud boys who keep their oath in the face of Capitol riots

The District of Columbia Attorney General, Karl Racine, has announced a civil lawsuit against the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers over the two groups’ involvement in the January 6 Capitol riots.

In a statement on Twitter, Racine accused far-right organizations of causing “great damage to the Region” while trying to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

“JUDGMENT: I ​​am suing the Proud Boys and the Oath-Keepers, the first civil action by a government organization against the insurgents on January 6,” Racine said. “They have done great damage to the County, our democracy, and especially the brave men and women of our Metropolitan Police Department.”

The litigation, which specifically names 31 individual members from both groups, alleges that the defendant conspired to “terrorize the District by planning, promoting, and participating” in the violent events that took place on January 6.

In other comments on Twitter, Racine said that he will “seek damages in this case and will continue to work to ensure such an assault never happens again.”

Racine also cites in the lawsuit that the cost involved not only the damage caused by the riots but also the “unprecedented” deployment of police resources.

“While costs to the District are still being investigated and tallied, the District has made a rough estimate that MPD incurred millions of dollars in costs during the week of January 6 alone,” the lawsuit states. more.

The riot, fueled by debunked conspiracy theories alleging widespread voter fraud, resulted in the injury of 138 police officers. Four more officers will take their own lives in the following months.

The lawsuit is suing the two groups under the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, a federal law intended to protect civil rights and guard against “warriors and insurgents.”

In a statement to Washington Post, Racine, who is seeking “full reimbursement and compensation,” described the damages caused by both groups as “substantial.”

“If that happens to bankrupt it or put these individuals and institutions in financial danger, so be it,” he said.


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*First published: December 14, 2021, 1:23 p.m. CST

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