Karl Racine, DC Attorney General, filed a federal lawsuit against the Oathkeepers, proud Boys, and others who took part in the January 6 protest.
He announced the lawsuit in a press conference, and there he compared the protest to the terrorist attack on September 11.
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“The images of that shameful and contemptible day can never be erased,” Racine said at a press conference. “It was like 9-11, a planned terrorist attack, but this time, our own citizens were hell-bent on destroying the freedoms and ideals on which our country was founded and continues to aspire to achieve.”
Today, we’re holding these insurrectionists accountable for conspiring to terrorize the District by planning, promoting, and participating in the deadly attack on the Capitol.
I’m seeking damages in this case and will keep working to ensure such an assault never happens again.
— AG Karl A. Racine (@AGKarlRacine) December 14, 2021
The suit used a statute from the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act that “makes it illegal to use force or threats to prevent federal officers from carrying out their official duties,” The Hill reported.
In the complaint, we read, “the January 6 Attack on the Capitol was not a protest or a rally. It was a coordinated act of domestic terrorism.”
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"Jan. 6th was, to say the least, a brazen, violent and deadly attack that traumatized this city, this community and our country," D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine says at news conference. https://t.co/22c0HrZUl9 pic.twitter.com/mAJB30pkRQ
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“I can guarantee you that as we proceed, we are going to seek the maximum level of financial penalty,” Racine stated.