WASHINGTON (7News) — D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine announced outside the U.S. Capitol that the District of Columbia is filing a civil lawsuit against the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers for their part in the January 6, 2021 riot.
"I’m suing the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, the first civil lawsuit by a government entity against the Jan. 6 insurrectionists," Racine said a statement. "They caused extensive damage to the District, our democracy and particularly the brave men and women of our Metropolitan Police Department."
The lawsuit has asked to recover damages the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers caused to the District, "particularly the physical, mental, and emotional injuries suffered" by D.C. police officers.
The attorney general said the purpose of the lawsuit is threefold:
"We’re holding these insurrectionists accountable for conspiring to terrorize the District by planning, promoting, and participating in the deadly attack on the Capitol," Racine said. "I’m seeking damages in this case and will keep working to ensure such an assault never happens again."
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, the Anti-Defamation League's national director, the CEO of States United Democracy Center and DC Councilmember Charles Allen were present at the announcement Tuesday afternoon.
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