A leader of the Antifa group "Smash Racism DC," which gained national notoriety after converging on the home of Tucker Carlson and terrorizing his wife, has been arrested and charged with "ethnic intimidation" in connection to a brutal attack on two Hispanic Marines in Philadelphia in November.
While Antifa presents itself as "anti-fascist" and "anti-racist," as an Antifa group in Philly demonstrated in November, they openly embrace fascistic violence and racist behavior, not only against anyone they perceive to be white, but minorities who don't back their radical agenda.
In their testimony in December, U.S. Marine Corps reservists Alejandro Godinez and Luis Torres described the heinous attack on them by a Philly Antifa group. Unaware that a "We the People" rally was taking place in the city, which prompted yet another brawl between Antifa "protesters" and members of the alt-right Proud Boys, Godinez and Torres ended up being victims of Antifa violence. While touring landmarks in the city, the two Marines were approached by suspect Thomas Keenan, 33, who asked if they were "proud." "We are Marines," Godinez replied, not understanding the context of the question.
That's when about ten Antifa members, some masked, attacked the two Marines, punching, kicking them, stomping on them, and spraying them with mace multiple times. The Antifa members initially called the Marines "Nazis" and "white supremacists," but after Godinez yelled out, "I'm Mexican!" the assaulters allegedly began to hurl racial slurs at them, including "spic" and "wetback." Keenan, Godinez testified, was "laughing, smiling, and having a good time, while I could have died that day."
Along with Keenan, police eventually arrested Philly Antifa member Thomas Massey.
On Tuesday, The Daily Caller's Andrew Kerr reported that another Antifa member has since been arrested and charged with multiple felonies, including "ethnic intimidation" — the leader of "Smash Racism DC," Joseph "Jose" Alcoff, who also goes by the name "Chepe." Alcoff was charged on January 10 with 17 charges, "including multiple counts of aggravated assault, ethnic intimidation, conspiracy and terroristic threats, and one count of robbery while inflicting serious bodily injury," Kerr reports.
The Daily Caller's earlier reporting on the case helped lead to Alcoff's arrest. Kerr reports:
An affidavit filed in the case reveals that The Daily Caller News Foundation’s reporting on Alcoff’s connection to violent Antifa groups was an integral factor leading to his arrest. ...
Torres notified detectives in Philadelphia that Alcoff was a member of the group that attacked him after reading TheDCNF’s reporting detailing Alcoff’s connection to Keenan, Philadelphia Magazine reported, citing an affidavit filed in Alcoff’s case.
Torres provided police pictures of the suspects at the time of the attack, leading investigators to “strongly agree” that Alcoff was the person in his photos, the affidavit states.
Unsurprisingly, it was a conservative news group rather than the mainstream media that did the legwork necessary to bring Alcoff to justice.