Could it be that law enforcement and the justice system are finally wising up to what the true threat to democracy is, and who really are the “domestic terrorists?”
Maybe yes, maybe no – but for now, at least 11 members of ANTIFA have been indicted by a San Diego grand jury for violent attacks on peaceful Trump supporters in a protest that turned riot in Pacific Beach last year.
Prosecutors say 29 felony counts have been filed against the defendants, including conspiracy to commit a riot, use of tear gas, and assault with a deadly weapon, stemming from the Jan. 9, 2021, clash at a “Patriot March” made up of supporters of former President Donald Trump.
According to the indictment, the defendants responded to social media posts calling for “counter-protesting” about one week prior to Jan. 9, then showed up in Pacific Beach “dressed in black clothing and armed with weapons and protective gear.”
The indictment alleges that the defendants “are all affiliated with ANTIFA” and used “force, fear, and violence to further their interests and suppress the interests of others.” It continues, “The objective of this conspiracy was to incite and participate in a riot.”
Police and prosecutors allege that two counter-protest groups made up of ANTIFA members and similar left-wing extremist groups gathered at the event and attacked people perceived to be members of the “Patriot March” group. Some specific acts of which the defendants are accused include throwing a wooden lawn chair at a woman and striking her, hitting someone with a baseball bat, hitting someone with a flagpole, and attacking people with tear gas and a stun gun.”
Though video footage that proliferated on social media around the time of the riot captured violence also committed by members of the pro-Trump crowd, the D.A.’s Office said in a statement issued last year that “video evidence analysis shows that overwhelmingly the violence in this incident was perpetrated by the ANTIFA affiliates and was not a mutual fray with both sides crossing out of lawful First Amendment expression into riot and violence.”
The indictment was returned following 13 days of testimony heard by the grand jury, according to the D.A.’s Office.
Criminal charges against the defendants were originally announced last December by prosecutors.