Anti-Racists Sentenced in Restaurant Attack on White Supremacists
This is an object lesson in why America is great. In the U.S. you have the right to hate. Everyone also has the right to ridicule you and counter your hate with demonstrations, but they don’t have the right to violently suppress your speech no matter how awful it is.
So bookmark this post for the next time that radical right friend tells you that we are living under a Tyranny - because how can it be tyranny when even the worst among us are able to gain justice when deserved?
Five Indiana men, all members of an anti-racist group, will serve between 3½ and 6 years in prison after striking plea deals for their roles in an armed attack on a group of white supremacists last May in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park.
The guilty pleas came Friday on the eve of a trial for Alex Stuck, John S. Tucker and brothers Dylan, Cody and Jason Sutherlin, all members of the anti-racist group Hoosier Anti-Racist Movement, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The five, all from Bloomington, were charged with 37 counts, including armed violence, after they confronted a group of white supremacists who were holding a gathering May 19 at a Tinley Park restaurant.
The Sutherlin brothers claimed they planned a “peaceful protest,” but security video showed as many as 18 men entering Ashford House restaurant, some wearing masks and carrying batons and clubs, the newspaper reported. A melee broke out among the two groups within minutes, injuring some of the white supremacists and several bystanders.
Jason Sutherlin received a 6-year sentence. Dylan and Cody Sutherlin were sentenced to 5 years each, and Stuck and Tucker each received 3½ years, the newspaper reported.