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CA Legislators Debate Classifying Antifa and Right-Wing Radicals as Street Gangs

September 04, 2017  | 

Berkeley, CA, Mayor Jesse Arreguin has called “Antifa,” a street gang, and said police should start treating protesters in the anti-fascist movement accordingly.

Legislators in Sacramento have also advanced resolutions that would treat violent acts committed by antifa movement’s enemies — white nationalists and neo-Nazis — as terrorist acts under state law.

As forces on the extremes of the nation’s ever-widening political divide continue to battle with fists and weapons on the streets of California, law enforcement officials and politicians have started debating whether these extremist groups should be classified as street gangs.

Such a designation could give law enforcement new tools to combat the groups. Numerous laws on the books give authorities the power to restrict the movements of gang members and enhance criminal charges against them.

But such a move raises legal issues because unlike with traditional street gangs, the underlying motive of these extremist groups is political expression rather than criminal enterprise, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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ssc1911 @ 9/4/2017 2:01 PM

The mayor of Berkeley, CA, must be off his rocker. The Antifa aren't angels, nor are Neo nazi's, white supremacists. Both sides antifa, white supremacists, neo nazi's aer groups with different ideas ideology . Both use and resortt to violence. The use of existing state laws would be better to use and have both sides as a problem or as referred to here as domestic terrorists. Any groups can legally assemble and peacefully protest. When a protes turns violent it is no longer a protest , rather it is a large scale fight or riot etc. This is waht happened in Charlottesville, VA. The Neo nazi's had a permit to assemble and protest the rmoval of the statue. Antfa showed up there as well, looking for a fight which happeend and sadly an innocnet person died. Both sides aer wrong forn this action amnd both sides aren't law abiding.

Mark @ 9/4/2017 9:09 PM

Looks like AntiFa's free pass and cover from the left, Democrats, and media is quickly coming to an end. I think the Politico article was a big nail in their coffin. If the FBI, HSI, and even the CIA are calling them terrorists and investigating them for it then everyone else should wake up and do the same. You're on the wrong side.

These people are NOT heroes punching Nazis and fighting racism. They are anarchist comunists, who are anti-American, anti-capitalist, who routinely stomp on the Bill of Rights. Anyone dressed in all black, wearing a mask, armed to the teeth, beating the crap out of someone should be arrested, charged with terrorism, and prosecuted. The next mayor or governor who orders the police to stand down should also be charged. These people are terrorists (SOME HAVE EVEN TRAINED WITH ISIS!) and let the police at them and use any means to arrests them.

Hell even The Daily Show has called them "Vegan ISIS." Start the arrests and prosecutions.

GB @ 9/5/2017 8:20 AM

When are they going to add the BLM as a terrorist group?

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