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On September 5, 2023, the Georgia Attorney General’s office handed down an indictment of 61 Stop Cop City protesters, organizers, and 2020 racial justice advocates. The indictment alleges a conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). Now, 90 organizations who depend on the First Amendment in some way to do their work – from press freedom organizations to bail funds – have signed a letter calling on Attorney General Carr to drop the charges.
If successfully prosecuted, the indictment could set a precedent for criminalizing the type of movement building that civil rights, labor, and other movements have traditionally engaged in to effect social change…By the logic of this indictment, every movement for social change would be a target for criminalization…
The RICO charges are consistent with other prosecutorial decisions to intimidate the political movement into silence through overcharging, selective prosecution, and lack of predictability. As in previous local decisions to charge protesters who might otherwise face only minor charges with domestic terrorism, charges under RICO represent selective use of rarely invoked statutes to intimidate activists and silence political dissent.
The full letter is available belowCop City RICO Letter to Chris Carr – updated