White on white violence? We don’t know about y’all but “European Heritage” group meetings do sound an awful lot like a way to disguise a white power movement.
Five men were charged Monday in connection with a bloody melee at a suburban Chicago restaurant, where “anti-racist” protesters allegedly walloped on white supremacists gathered for lunch, according to reports.
The Saturday brawl took place at the Ashford House, an eatery in Tinley Park, Ill., that was hosting a group of about 20 people who said they were from a European heritage organization.
Law enforcement sources, however, said the group consisted of white supremacists, according to CBS 2 Chicago.
Their presence triggered about 18 people wearing masks and hoodies and carrying bats and batons to rush into the restaurant and wail on the group, police said.
About 10 diners were injured, and three were hospitalized with head wounds, according to reports.
“This was a real riot,” Tinley Park Mayor Edward Zabrocki told MSNBC.com. “These guys started beating the crap out of the other group.”
Five Indiana men were arrested on charges of aggravated battery, criminal damage to property and mob action, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. They were: Alex Stuck, 22; John Tucker, 26; and brothers Jason Sutherlin, 33, Cody Sutherlin, 23, and Dylan Sutherlin, 20.
The men are reportedly affiliated with an anti-racist organization that took credit online for coordinating the attack.
The Anti-Racist Action accused the restaurant patrons of meeting for a “White Nationalist Economic Summit and Illinois White Nationalist Meet-and-Greet.”
It was unclear if the “anti-racist” group was also involved with NATO Summit-related protests in Chicago.
Tinley Park police, meanwhile, were searching for other attackers caught on restaurant surveillance footage.
They said in a statement that the victims identified as belonging to the Illinois European Heritage Association, which prosecutors maintain is affiliated with websites linked to white supremacy movements.
“We had no idea who these people were,” Michael Winston, owner of the Ashford House, told MSNBC.com. “We don’t ask for people’s political stuff when they come in the door.”
Two of the victims were also charged after Saturday’s fight — one for unlawful possession of weapons by a felon and another on a warrant for possession of inappropriate video of a child, the Sun-Times reported.
Nasty, so some of the racists were also pedophiles!!! SMH. What do you think about the “anti-racist” group resorting to physical violence? Are they heroes or just as dumb as the white supremacists?