It was a nice and peaceful luncheon amongst those who allegedly seek to elevate the status of the Aryan Nation above others. Then, a group of hooded hoodlums bum rushed the restaurant and attacked the "economic summit" with hammers and other blunt objects, reports the Chicago Sun Times.
Isn't usually the racist idiots that wear hoods and attack people?
According to the Sun Times, the diners were part of the "Illinois European Heritage Association." A quick Google search turns up a post on Stormfront.org, a white supremacy message board, that planned a meeting in the area for May 19 and 20.
It advertised: "Folks helping folks. Work for Whites. It is time we took our jobs back!"
Though we may not sympathize with the victims, it is important to remember that everyone, no matter how distasteful their views, has the right to enjoy a nice ham sandwich in a restaurant.
Five of the attackers were caught just down the road by an off-duty cop. They have been identified as extremist anti-racists from Indiana (that's a new one) and have been charged with felony mob action, aggravated battery, and criminal damage to property.
Felony mob action is defined by the statute as "the knowing or reckless use of force or violence disturbing the public peace by 2 or more persons acting together and without authority of law." That sounds appropriate for ten men wielding hammers. It is a class 4 felony, which is relatively minor. It only carries up to one year in prison.
However, the extremist anti-racists should take caution; white supremacist gangs are pretty prevalent in prison.
On a related note, two of the "victims" were also arrested. One was charged with unlawful possession of weapons by a felon. Another was arrested on an outstanding warrant for possession of child pornography.
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