Throughout the Jim Crow era it was common for racist juries in parts of America to look the other way as violent crimes were perpetrated against African-Americans.
At some point the federal government intervened and brought its own charges to ensure that justice was carried out.
Today, socialist and liberal Democratic mayors running our nation's cities are engaging in the same type of enabling of violence as did the racists of the past.
Attorney General William Barr's Operation Legend is a commendable first step in holding the violent perpetrators to account, but it's not enough. It's time for the AG to apply the federal RICO statute against Antifa-like groups that are analogous to organized crime.
Entities encouraging rioting usually utilize the phone lines and the internet to organize their illegal activities, or engage in activity violating the federal civil rights of their victims, thereby subjecting them to federal jurisdiction.
In fact, three white supremacists who traveled from California to Virginia in August 2017 to incite violence in protests were prosecuted under 18 U.S.C. §241, which prohibits conspiracies to "injure, oppress, threaten or intimidate any person … in the exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States."
How many more videos do we have to see of a woman being hit with a 2-by-4 while protecting her business, or a man in Portland dragged from his car by anarchists and nearly beaten to death.
These atrocities are happening for one simple reason: The rioters truly believe they can get away with it.
The liberal mayor in Seattle condones a violent illegal takeover of seven city blocks as a reversion to the splendid "Summer Love" era of the radical '60s.
The mayor of Minneapolis tells police to stand down, allowing the mob to burn down a police station.
Portland's mayor acquiesced to 80 straight days of destructive rioting, blaming not the anarchists, but the federal troops for somehow provoking them while seeking to prevent a mob takeover of the federal courthouse.
The mayor of Washington, D.C. blasts the president for holding a Bible in front of a church, but not the mob that tried to burn it down.
Equally alarming is how the far left organization funded by billionaire George Soros has — under the radar — been taking over district attorney offices in our major cities. They even bankrolled the San Francisco race of the radical son of cop killing terrorists. He won, and predictably has refused to prosecute lawbreakers assaulting police.
The DA in Portland praised protestors pelting federal ICE agents transporting a group of illegal immigrants, while expressing embarrassment over federal agents enforcing the law.
Similarly, in New York City, DA Cyrus Vance announced low-level law breakers would not face penalties.
We are now at a point where a woman, under attack by a mob, who called 911 pleading with the operator to send police, was told the police would not respond and that she should call City Hall.
This is the stuff of third world banana republics.
How is this happening in our great country and why is the federal government not doing more to stop it?
The president has talked tough about stepping in and solving the violence. But instead of just concentrating on bringing in armed federal troops (which he has every right to do), he'd be much better off having the Justice Department infiltrate and crush these criminal enterprises just as the feds routinely did to organized crime, the Klan or the MS-13 gang — through federal prosecutions.
It's somewhat of an oxymoron, but these anarchists are actually quite organized, especially in the nation's northwest. These are the same type of interconnected, well-funded groups that regularly appear annually to break windows during the gatherings of the G7 leaders. They are globalists who oppose borders and capitalism.
The George Floyd murder gave them the impetus to morph into what were legitimate peaceful protest and to eventually hijack them.
At the same time, the original laudable concept of the Black Lives Matter movement has been displaced by a Black Lives Matter organization that is headed by avowed Marxists. The Treasurer of a group they affiliate with to raise funds is a convicted terrorist.
A Black Lives Matter leader last week promoted and justified looting as being a legitimate form of reparations.
While most BLM protesters continue to act peacefully, these radical elements can't be ignored.
State prosecutors didn't crack the mafia; the feds did. When the feds got serious about undermining the Mob, they implemented the RICO statute which gave them wider surveillance authority coupled with very strict sentencing guidelines.
MS-13 is on the run not because of local prosecution, but because the feds came in and swayed underlings to flip on their superiors.
What are we waiting for?
We have the perpetrators of many of these crimes on video. The civil rights of the victims have been violated. Many of these attacks have been racially motivated.
The liberal media will attack Barr no matter what he does. Ignore them. Start going after these violent criminal enterprises as the organized crime entities that they are.
Let's apply the RICO statute to break up Antifa-type groups so that they can never again pull a man out of his car and beat him unconscious with a sense of impunity.
Enough is enough.
Steve Levy, former New York state assemblyman, Suffolk County executive, and candidate for governor, is now a distinguished political pundit. Levy's commentary has been published in such media outlets as Washington Times, Washington Examiner, New York Post, Albany Times, Long Island Business News, and City & State Magazine. He hosted "The Steve Levy Radio Show" on Long Island News Radio, and is a frequent guest on high profile television and radio outlets. Few on the political scene possess Levy's diverse background. He's been both a legislator and executive, and served on both the state and local levels — as both a Democrat and Republican. Levy published "Bias in the Media," an analysis of his own experience, after switching parties, with the media's leftward slant. Levy is currently Executive Director of the Center for Cost Effective Government, a fiscally conservative think tank. He is also President of Common Sense Strategies, a political consulting firm. To learn more about his past work and upcoming appearances, visit www.stevelevy.info. Read Steve Levy's Reports — More Here.
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