DC Attorney General Karl Racine has filed a federal lawsuit against the Oathkeepers, Proud Boys, and dozens of individuals involved in the January 6 protest.
During a press conference announcing the lawsuit, Racine compared the protest to the terrorist attack on September 11.
“The images of that shameful and contemptible day can never be erased,” Racine said at a press conference announcing the lawsuit. “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
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The lawsuit uses a statute stemming 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,” according to a report from The Hill.
The complaint states that “the January 6th Attack on the Capitol was not a protest or a rally. It was a coordinated act of domestic terrorism.”
The AG is seeking unspecified “restitution and recompense” from the defendants.
“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
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) December 14, 2021
“I can guarantee you that as we proceed, we are going to seek the maximum level of financial penalty,” Racine told a reporter during the press conference.