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November 15, 2016

VIA FIRST CLASS MAIL and EMAIL (paige.fitzgerald@usdoj.gov)


Paige Fitzgerald
Acting Chief
Criminal Section
Civil Rights Division
United States Department of Justice
Patrick Henry Building
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington D.C. 20530
Dear Acting Chief Fitzgerald:
I am writing to urge you to conduct a thorough investigation into the savage beating of David Wilcox
in Chicago, Illinois. On November 9, 2016, Mr. Wilcox was captured on video being beaten and
kicked by a mob of people. Wilcox told reporters that bystanders were shouting statements such as
he voted Trump. Wilcox did indeed vote for Donald Trump. The statements of those
encouraging the beating would support federal prosecution by the Criminal Section.
Though he says the perpetrators would not necessarily know that for sure, he said one of the people
engaged in the altercation said its one of them white boy Trump guys. Other voices are heard
on video saying, beat his ass, he voted for Trump. The attackers follow these racially and
politically motivated suggestions.
You can read news accounts and watch the video at these links:
Video shows group viciously beating man in Chicago, yelling, You voted Trump and Dont vote
Trump
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/11/11/video-shows-group-beatingman-in-chicago-yelling-you-voted-trump-and-dont-vote-trump/
Whats Happening to America? Trump Supporter Beaten by Chicago Mob Speaks Out
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/11/11/whats-happened-to-america-trump-supporterbeaten-by-chicago-mob-speaks-out/
Man Describes Brutal Attack; Crowd Yelled Thats A White Boy Trump Supporter:
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2016/11/11/man-describes-brutal-attack-crowd-yelled-thats-a-white-boytrump-supporter/
Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnQNFBHHs6w

Considering the Sections prior enforcement activities, this incident was a likely violation of 18
U.S.C. Section 245. It pertinent part, those who by force or threat of force willfully injures,
intimidates or interferes with, or attempts to injure, intimidate or interfere with . . . voting
commit a felony. Preserving the right to vote free from violence based on your choices compel
your Section to act. Elections cannot be conducted properly when voters fear violence.

Moreover, your Section has relied on a streets theory which would clearly support prosecution
in this case. 18 U.S.C. Section 241 certainly supports Mr. Wilcoxs right to drive on the streets
free of racially or politically motivated violence. Under that statute, it is a federal felony if two
or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten or intimidate any person. . . in the free
exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution. Your
Section has brought cases in circumstances with notable similarities, in so far as the victims were
merely peaceably transiting a public space. Mr. Wilcox has a federal right to travel the streets
and not be viciously beaten because of the perception he voted for Donald Trump.
As you may know, numerous incidents have occurred over the last seven years in circumstances
with striking similarities to the incident in Chicago. Yet your Section took no action whatsoever.
It is reasonable to conclude, and it is the view of many Americans, that your office has different
standards for enforcing the law depending on the nature of the victim and the nature of the
perpetrators. Your Section has an opportunity here to help resolve that question with the attack
on Mr. Wilcox. If the Division does not vigorously pursue this case as vigorously as it pursued
other recent high profile racially charged cases such as in Ferguson, Missouri it raises profound
questions about the Sections suitability to fairly enforce the laws as currently composed.
The fact that the Chicago police are making an effort (failed so far) to locate the perpetrators is
no excuse for inaction. Your office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation routinely do not
defer to local law enforcement. The federal interests in protecting voters and citizens from mob
attacks based on their race or political affiliation greatly outweighs any local interest.
Moreover, the news reports I provided above state that Chicago police have been unable to locate the
perpetrators. Federal prosecution of these attacks would also increase the chances that perpetrators
are caught and convicted.
It would seem rather elementary for the FBI to ascertain the individual who shot the video of the
crimes, and conduct interviews based on that evidence. The Justice Department has an obligation to
protect all Americans from racially motivated violence surrounding elections, not just some
Americans. Your Section can help dispel the widespread perception that only some Americans are
protected by the Department of Justice if you act in this case. If you dont act, those perceptions will
be reinforced.
Respectfully,

Christian Adams, President


Public Interest Legal Foundation