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Eight anti-fascists were stabbed and brutally beaten at a neo-Nazi rally in California. Police then pursued criminal charges against all of the victims: theguardian.com/us-news/2018/d…
Prosecutors have not charged anyone for the stabbings. But California Highway Patrol pursued more than 500 charges against anti-fascists, recommending criminal cases against every single counter protester they could identify, even those who weren't accused of any violence.
CHP investigated 22 people affiliated with the white supremacist groups and said 17 of them should face no charges, including some who were observed carrying knives during the stabbings. CHP ultimately recommended five charges on the neo-Nazi side, mostly minor:
Police wrote detailed reports about the critical stabbing wounds of anti-fascist activists, including graphic photos from hospital beds. In the same reports, the investigator recommended they each face numerous serious felony charges.
Ultimately, prosecutors pursued criminal cases against three anti-fascists. CHP monitored their social media activity and cited as evidence their involvement with Chicano and indigenous rights groups, going into detail about their attendance at rallies and events
Police cited Brown Berets ties + indigenous prayer events. One of their lawyers: “I find it concerning to think that the government wants to conduct inquiries into people’s political persuasions and has it influence their decisions as to who to prosecute and how to prosecute."
Here's my interview from earlier in the year with one of the stabbing victims who was pursued by police for criminal charges: theguardian.com/world/2018/may….
And my earlier reporting on documents showing police working closely with neo-Nazis to identify and investigate anti-fascists for prosecution. Police also expressed sympathy to the white nationalists: theguardian.com/world/2018/feb…
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