Washington District of Columbia (DC) Attorney General Karl Racine is suing The Proud Boys and Oath Keepers over the attacks and widespread damages metted on the US capitol using The Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871.
The Ku Klux Klan Act enactment was necessitated by racial violence and terrorism in South Carolina. It was the third of a series of “Enforcement Acts” meant to protect African American citizens against widespread racial violence.
The first two acts, passed in May 1870 and February 1871, aimed to allow the federal government to enforce the 15th Amendment and African American voting rights in the south.
The lawsuit is civil since the federal government is already pursuing the criminal angle against the groups and others involved.
The goal for the lawsuit is accountability, seek punitive and compensatory damages and if the lawsuit bankrupts the groups and the individuals involved, the mayor would not loose sleep over it.
The events of January 6th, 2021 sought to overthrow the US government and left Washington DC residents traumatized, several police officers lost their lives and left an indelible stain to the American democracy.
The 15th Ammendment – The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
African American voting rights – (ratified in 1870) extended voting rights to men of all races.