|Screenshot of police photos of Tinley Park terrorists|
-- Top Row, left to right: Cody Sutherlin, Jason Sutherlin and Dylan Sutherlin, all brothers
-- Bottom Row, left to right: Alex Robert Stuck and John Steve Tucker
Both the Chicago Tribune and the Orland Park Patch are reporting that the five antifa terrorists who invaded the Ashford House Restaurant in Tinley Park, IL and launched an unprovoked physical assault on white racialist activists meeting under the auspices of the Illinois European Heritage Association on May 19th, 2012 are dickering for a possible plea deal. Information from the Tribune implies that the five want to make the most serious charge, armed violence, go away and that they'll plead guilty to lesser charges.
Attorneys for the five men said they hope to have a deal in place with Cook County prosecutors in time for a November 16th hearing, according to Brian Barrido, the attorney for Dylan Sutherlin. The other four antifa are Jason Sutherlin, Cody Sutherlin, John Tucker, and Alex Stuck. Thirteen other antifa believed to have been involved in the attack have not been found. All five have been in jail since the May 19th attack at the Ashford House restaurant. Initially, they were charged with felony mob action, aggravated battery and criminal damage to property; later, charges of armed violence were added. A motion to suppress the arrest of the men is pending the outcome of the plea deal conference.
The Tinley Park Five became a cause célèbre within the antifa movement. A support fund was set up for them; so far, it has raised $7,651, with ample time left to reach its $250,000 goal. The operators of the support fund claim they're merely supporting the Five's right to a fair trial, and are not justifying the attack. The Patch also identified three other public expressions of solidarity with the Five (after the jump):
- On July 31, a dozen activists in Salt Lake City marched on the city's Federal Building and police station, demanding the release of the Tinley Park 5. It was part of International Day Against Fascism, which was being honored this year to show solidarity for the men. The political collective NYC Anarchist Black Cross used the day to hold one of its political prisoner letter-writing dinners and had participants send notes to the Tinley Park 5.
- A benefit concert to help raise money to pay legal costs for the Tinley Park 5 was held in September in Philadelphia. Called a "Show of Unity," the event included live musical performances, and groups, such as Hoosiers Anti-Racist Movement, which is providing the defense for the 5, were on hand with information tables. (Videos from the night can be seen at One People's Project, a website for anti-fascist and anti-racism groups.)
- In August, the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice and the Workers World Party sponsored a public forum, titled "Defend the Tinley Park 5—Fascism: What it is and how to fight it." Speakers included a member of the Tinley Park 5 Defense Committee and the Workers World Party youth organizer.
Support for the victimized white racialists was expressed on a number of Stormfront threads, the most recent entitled "Domestic Terrorists, The Tinley Park 5, ARA - Violent clash had roots in shadowy movement". This thread revealed that one of the white racialists, Steven Speers, was actually an ARA plant. An even longer thread entitled "Support the Tinley Park Five! Build Solidarity! Pack the Courtroom, June 12" was started back in June. A VNN Forum thread entitled "Steven E. Speers - The ARA Pedophile Who Orchestrated the Tinley Park Attack" provides more details on the suspected plant. Nicholas Stix quoted an ARA press release which stated "The anti-fascist group was privy to anonymous inside information. This fascist event had been in secret planning for six months", which further supports the contention that Speers was a plant.
A brief exchange between an antifa sympathizer and an editor of The Patch provides insight into the fanatical and homicidal mindset of many antiracist activists:
TP5 Support 10:04 am on Thursday, September 27, 2012:
They allegedly attacked a violent and racist hate group who were there to organize for white supremacy. You should worry more about your town's reputation of supporting fascists by not defending these guys. What impact did this have on any residents of the community except to reveal that the community itself didn't do anything to stop such a gathering?
Joe Vince 12:45 pm on Thursday, September 27, 2012:
If I'm reading your comment correctly, your implication is that this attack—no matter who was responsible for it—is justified because it was aimed at breaking up a white supremacy group, and people who are against that sort of thing should support the attackers. I think It's safe to say that people can support the idea of standing up to racism and fascism without resorting to violence not brought on by self-defense. Disagreeing with the methods isn't tacit support of fascists.
Now, it's an entirely different matter if you feel that the TP5 have been treated unfairly by the justice system. But it doesn't sound like you're making that claim.
Also, it's a bit scary if you truly believe that any act of violence—justified or not—doesn't have an impact in the community that it occurs.
Local Editor, Tinley Park
TP5 Support 1:00 pm on Thursday, September 27, 2012:
Racism is violence so yes I believe this is justified if they even did it....and instead of the town condemning them, they could show a little more support for people who were trying to smash racism. Our justice system protects and is based on white supremacy because it's a capitalist country that exploits people of color and the working class to stay afloat....so yeah I'd say it's unfair. I don't think the impact this event had on the community outweighs the long term lack of impact that inaction does, if it has had any impact at all. Who even cares about it except the people here who want to condemn these guys for not being "clean" enough for them....as if that has any relevance.