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Chicago's extremist community defends mob attack on restaurant

A few supporters of the ARA gang showed up to the hearing, but fled from reporters. Photo From Chicago Tribune.

The five suspects arrested in the mob attack on a suburban Chicago restaurant were indicted on 37 charges each. They will remain in the Cook County Jail for the time being. A violent criminal left-wing gang, ARA and its Indian chapter HARM, have claimed responsibility for the attack. Six lawyers are providing free legal services for the five suspects. According to a Chicago news source, the lawyers are ideologically motivated by far-left politics. The are providing free legal support, not to advance their careers, but because they support the violent gang. According to the Chicago Tribune, some of the lawyers say they will defend their clients by painting the victims as “white supremacists.”

From Chicago Tribune…

After the brief hearing Tuesday in Bridgeview, defense attorneys hinted that Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez could have difficulty selling the case to the public given some of the victims’ alleged ties to white supremacy groups.

“I don’t know if it’s hard or not for Ms. Alvarez to represent white supremacists,” said defense attorney Aaron Goldstein, who is representing Jason Sutherlin. “I know I don’t represent white supremacists.”

The six defense attorneys, who work for five different firms, said they volunteered to represent the men even though none of the defendants can afford legal services.

Defense attorney Stuart Smith said he agreed to represent Tucker because he is sympathetic to the anti-racist movement.

“I’m doing this for free because it’s the right thing to do,” he said.

Defense attorney Larry Jackowiak, who is representing Stuck, said his firm took the case because it believes in fighting racism.

“It was an easy decision to make,” he said.

From Chicago Sun-Times…

None of their attorneys, who volunteered to represent them for free, would confirm that.

“I’m certainly anti-racist — I’m not affiliated with any organization, but I gladly accept the title of being anti-racist,” Aaron Goldstein, an attorney for Jason Sutherlin, said after the hearing at the Bridgeview courthouse.

Stuart Smith said he took Tucker’s case because “it was the right thing to do.”

The main targets of the attack were attending a meeting of the Illinois Heritage Association, which included about eight people. At least ten people were injured by masked men wielding hammers and metal batons. Three people were hospitalized and needed staples in their heads to close wounds. At least four of the victims were not attending the meeting.

At least four of the victims were not attending the meeting. The manager of the restaurant was attacked and kicked in the back of the head while on the ground. A retired police officer was hit with a hammer and hospitalized. An eighty year old woman was knocked down and another elderly man was attacked. About $15,000 in damages was done to the restaurant.

A sixth person was arrested at the restaurant. He has two tattoos matching symbols used by the ARA gang. This includes a “Red-Anarchist” symbol on his chest, and the “circle-A” Anarchy symbol on his arm. The same “circle-A” symbol appears at the top right hand corner of the “Free the Tinley Park 5” website. The Illinois Heritage Association says an online trail links him to the attack. He had outstanding warrants for possession of child pornography and has been extradited to Texas.

One of the victims was arrested for having a legal handgun in his car and has been indicted with a misdemeanor. The victim was from out-of-state and unaware of the draconian anti-gun laws passed in Illinois.