DC AG Karl Racine Is Suing Two Far-Right Organizations
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Washington D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine Sues Far-Right Groups To Recoup Costs Related To Jan. 6

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Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine is suing Proud Boys and Oath Keepers members to recoup costs related to January 6. (Image: Twitter/@SamFord7News)

Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine is suing more than two dozen members of the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, two notable (and notorious) far-right organizations.

Racine’s suit is an attempt to recover the millions of dollars the city spent to defend the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., accuses 31 members of the groups of “conspiring to terrorize the District” on January 6, calling their actions “a coordinated act of domestic terrorism.”

According to NBC News, Racine is asking the court to find the organizations liable for the city’s costs to dispatch officers from the Metropolitan Police Department to the Capitol as well as the cost of treating the injured officers and paid medical leave for officers in the months after the attack.

“No one bore the brunt of this gutless attack more than the courageous law enforcement officers including the men and women of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department who went into the fire and violence with one objective in mind: remove the violent mob and restore our country’s fragile democracy,” Racine said at a news conference Tuesday.

Three U.S. Capitol police officers were killed and more than 140 were injured during the riot. Another four officers died by suicide in the days and weeks after.

This isn’t the first or only suit the two groups are facing. According to CNN, several members of Congress have also filed suits against the groups as well as former President Donald Trump and his attorney Rudy Giuliani. Additionally, seven capitol police officers have filed suits against the groups, Trump, and Giuliani.

Racine’s suit details how both groups devised a coordinated plan for the riot, recruiting members to travel to the Capitol, conducting training exercises and providing weapons and tactical gear.

“The defendants, as you know, were not tourists, nor were they acting patriotically,” Racine added. “They were vigilantes, members of a mob, insurrectionists who sought to crush our country’s freedoms.”

The Justice Department has already charged more than 100 people for their roles in the Capitol riot.


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