The president is making a mockery of the legacy of MLK, the civil rights leader who inspired his Black Panther Party to fight police brutality.
In a new order from his Justice Department, the Trump administration is targeting MLK day as a way to shut down the Black Lives Matter movement.
The order targets the event and its organizers, including organizers of a march in the state this weekend that organizers say will be peaceful.
As a reminder, this is a government-sanctioned event.
The event, the “March for MLK,” is scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m. at the Uptown plaza in downtown Los Angeles.
It’s not clear what the Justice Department is going to do with the event, but the Department of Justice did not respond to requests for comment.
But the order makes clear that it is not a response to Black Lives Matters protests or any other violent events in the area.
Instead, the order targets “any group or persons that engage in any act of violence, obstruction, harassment, or disruption on MLK or any of the City’s authorized peace officers.”
The order is also targeting the organizers of the March for MLKing, who are all men and are members of the Los Angeles chapter of the Black Panther party.
“The purpose of this action is to make it clear to the entire Black community that any effort to disrupt, impede, or disrupt the peaceful march on MLKing Park, or to disrupt or impede the peaceful peaceful activities of the participants, is not permitted under the laws of the United States of America,” reads the order.
The memo goes on to say that the law enforcement officials who will be involved in the investigation will be “a full-time and part-time law enforcement officer assigned to a full- or part- time position” who are “exclusively authorized to conduct an investigation.”
“This action is a direct response to the recent and unprecedented violence and criminal behavior committed by violent elements of the American black community that was used by the United State Government to criminalize the peaceful, peaceful movement against police brutality and racial injustice,” the memo states.
“Any person found to be acting with malice aforethought or with reckless disregard for human life, is guilty of a federal crime and subject to federal criminal prosecution.”