DAILYKENN.com --A 37-year-old Washington, DC man has been charged with aggravated assault, ethnic intimidation, and conspiracy — all felonies — and other charges.
Joseph Alcoff is accused of attacking two Hispanic Marines as they were sight-seeing in Philadelphia. Alcoff is thought to be a leader in the far-left antifa movement.
Marines Alejandro Godinez and Luis Torres were reportedly approached by a group of 10 to 12 individuals near a patriotic We The People rally. Apparently they were presumed to be participants in that rally.
Two others, Thomas Massey and Thomas Keenan, have been charged in the attack.
From phillymag.com ▼
At a preliminary hearing for Massey and Keenan in December, the two Marines testified that the activists attacked them, allegedly calling them “nazis” and “white supremacists,” using ethnic slurs against them (both Marines are Hispanic), punching and kicking them repeatedly, and macing them.
On the stand in December, the Marines testified that they had no knowledge of the We the People rally and that they were in town for a Marine ball at a nearby hotel.
According to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the Alcoff case, Torres was reading online stories about the attacks when he came upon an article on the Tucker Carlson-founded Daily Caller website that connected Keenan to Alcoff.
That article called Alcoff “D.C.’s radical antifa leader … who’s advocated for violence and for the overthrow of the government.”
Torres saw a photo of Alcoff in the Daily Caller story and contacted detectives in Philadelphia, claiming that he recognized Alcoff as another member of the group that attacked him.
Investigators say that Torres then showed the detectives photos that he took of the suspects at the time of the attack, and police “strongly agree” that Alcoff was the person in Torres’ photos.
According to an NJ.com article from 2011, Alcoff and Keenan were arrested in Bordentown that year and charged with rioting.
Alcoff has had a long history of protest. The below video captures him in the mid-2000s saying “I’m a Communist, motherfucker” before spitting at the person recording him.
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