Police pulled fake 'Antifa' list from neo-Nazi site and used it to target random people who'd signed an anti-Trump petition: lawsuit
August 30, 2018
A Harvard Law professor accused the Baton Rouge police department of pulling a list of "antifa" activists from a neo-Nazi website — and is suing to get access to emails about it.
New Orleans' WGNO reported that Harvard Law School Lecturer Thomas Frampton is suing the Louisiana State Police on behalf of a civil rights lawyer who discovered a list titled "full list of antifa.docx" that bore a striking resemblance to a hoax roster circulated on the neo-Nazi Stormfront website.
In May, New Orleans-based attorney William Most filed a request for public records on all LSP emails "containing hate speech and racist catchphrases," the report noted, including the "white genocide" conspiracy theory.
The LSP delayed for months, issued an initial denial of the request and then finally released a cache of 64 emails — one of which contained a file named "full list of antifa" as an attachment. According to the suit, the document was circulated among high-ranking officials in the state police and was also given to local law enforcement groups.
Most requested a copy of the email — but was told by the LSP that "releasing the document could ‘compromise’ an ongoing criminal investigation in which LSP anticipates arrests, and reveal the identity of its ‘Confidential Informant,'" the report noted.
Frampton alleges in the lawsuit that the document originated on the conspiracy theory-oriented 8chan message board before being spread on Stormfront and other white supremacist sites.
Rather than containing an actual list of anti-fascist organizers, the lawsuit alleges that the roster "contains the names of thousands of ordinary, law-abiding citizens who signed an online petition against President Trump."