Images of that shameful and despicable day can never be erased, said the Washington D.C. attorney general, Karl Racine, responsible for the complaint, at a press conference on Tuesday.
Racine compared what happened to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, “but this time, our own citizens were hell-bent on destroying the freedoms and ideals on which this country was founded and continues to aspire to.” The 84-page accusatory document, which also names dozens of people implicated, alleges violations of local and federal laws, including a statute derived from the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 on violent conspiracies.
This lawsuit follows other similar lawsuits brought before the courts against these two extreme groups, to the right, but in the case of Racine it does not mention former President Donald Trump and his allies as participants in the conspiracy, but rather limits itself to accusing the groups and dozens of their main members.
Earlier, the leaders of the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers were summoned to appear before the House committee investigating the attack on the Capitol.
On January 6, a crowd of Trump supporters stormed the headquarters of Congress in order to annul the results of the presidential elections that gave Democrat Joe Biden the winner.
During the assault, encouraged by the insistent claims of the then occupant of the Oval Office about alleged electoral fraud, five people were killed, including a security officer from the complex.