The lawsuit, which lists fourteen members as well as the club itself, accuses the far-left extremists of conspiring to inflict, and actually inflicting injury on plaintiffs Joshua Finecy, Anthony Long, and Kyle Randle, all of whom belong to a Catholic fraternity and were expressing their faith-based objection to the drag brunch at the time.
According to the lawsuit, on April 23, 2023, the plaintiffs were gathered across the street from the Fort Brewery, protesting the event "not with megaphones or intimidation, but rather through silent prayer."
Defendants Samuel Fowlkes, Christopher Guillott, Meghan Grant, and Benjamin Hanil Song were among fifteen or so members of the Elm Fork John Brown Club congregated nearby. Nearly all of them concealed their identities via masks and baggy clothing, and five were openly carrying firearms.
Benjamin Hanil Song
Less than ten minutes after the plaintiffs arrived, the defendants approached in a coordinated fashion, and Fowlkes proceeded to pepper spray them in the face.
As a result, the plaintiffs "sustained immediate and painful injuries ... including temporary blindness, burning in the eyes, mouth, and nose, irritation of the skin, swollen eyes, difficulty breathing and residual pain."
Despite efforts from Fowlkes comrades to shield him from police, he was eventually apprehended and arrested, followed shortly by Grant.
Fowlkes was subsequently charged with resisting arrest, assaulting a peace officer, evading arrest, and four counts of assault causing bodily injury. Grant and Guillott were charged with assaulting a peace officer, interfering with public duties, and resisting arrest. All three defendants were able to raise money via social media, and their bails were posted.
In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs claimed that the members of the "violent extremist group" had "created 'dossiers' on them prior to the attack," and expressed fear that they would remain targets of their violent behavior.
The plaintiffs called on the court to impose restrictions on the defendants, barring them from coming within 200 yards of the men, their families, homes, and workplaces. They also requested that the court suspend the firearms licenses of their alleged attackers.
The Post Millennial has reached out to the plaintiffs' attorney for comment.
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