One of the most respected black churches in Washington DC has filed a lawsuit against members of the white supremacicst group Proud Boys for allegedly burning the church's Black Lives Matter sign.
The lawsuit was filed this week by Kristen Clarke, head of the Civil Rights Advisory Committee. It accuses the Proud Boys, Metropolitan A.M.E. Church and "acts of terrorism and destruction of church property to intimidate the church and silence its support for racial justice".
The Metropolitan A.M.E. Church is just one of the churches allegedly attacked by Trump supporters in DC during the December 12 protests. Video evidence outside of A.M.E. shows men dressed in black and gold jumping over the church and tearing off the BLM sign.
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Clarke hopes legal action will send a message to future groups wanting to wreak havoc. "The Proud Boys and other violent extremists must understand that they cannot instigate violence with impunity," she said. "We are ready to use the courts to hold them accountable and to stand up for the institutions and people who are affected by their racist actions."
In a press release, Rev. William H. Lamar IV, pastor of Metropolitan A.M.E. Church stressed the importance of standing up against white supremacist groups. "We, the descendants of these extraordinary women and men of God, will not allow the violence of the white supremacists to remain untouched by the laws of the land," he said. On January 4th, 2021, I declare that we will win against these white supremacists because God is with us, Jesus Christ is on our side and our ancestors surround us. We are on the side of justice and justice will prevail. "