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D.C. Attorney General suing local couple for Capitol riot attack

Morrow couple named in D.C. lawsuit
Photo of Sandra Parker inside Capitol on Jan. 6 from federal affidavit
Posted at 11:28 AM, Dec 15, 2021

MORROW, Ohio — A local couple is named in a lawsuit connected to the attack on the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6.

The District of Columbia is suing Sandra and Bennie Parker, of Morrow, along with 30 other people.

The complaint also lists the Proud Boys International, L.L.C., Oath Keepers and John and Jane Does 1-50.

D.C's Attorney General, Karl Racine, filed the lawsuit on behalf of the District of Columbia for the distress the attack caused. Police and lawmakers have filed two other lawsuits connected to the case.

D.C.'s complaint says The Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, their leadership, certain members and others conspired to terrorize the District by planning, promoting and participating in the violent January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol.

The lawsuit says Bennie and Sandra Parker are residents of Ohio and a member of the Oath Keepers. It says they were "criminally charged and indicted for (their) role in perpetuating the January 6 attack.”

RELATED: Feds: Morrow couple worked with Oath Keepers militia in Capitol insurrection

The pair’s address is listed in Morrow. WCPO 9News spoke to Bennie Parker for comment on the lawsuit.

"[I] didn’t know anything about (the lawsuit)," said Bennie Parker.

No date has been set for their first appearance in a federal court in D.C. in regard to the criminal case.

Parker said their attorneys will be appointed when they appear in court in D.C.

He said not to expect them to speak to the public on their behalf.

"I have nothing to say. My wife has nothing to say. They’re going to go along with what our wishes are,” Parker said.

The civil complaint includes photos of those storming the Capitol in what prosecutors are calling “stack formation.” The lawsuit says, “Defendants are liable to Plaintiff under 42 U.S.C. § 1986 for the harms they caused to the District.” It goes on to say the acts caused individuals around the Capitol to “suffer immediate apprehension of harmful or offensive bodily contact.”

The lawsuit asks for a jury to decide the cost of disrupting an election and aims to prevent future violations of the same.

"Any damages that are caused as a result of the insurrection that these persons or people could have prevented or refused to prevent, they can be liable for damages, and even punitive damages, as punishment," said Richard Goldberg.

Goldberg is a Cincinnati attorney and legal analyst who has practiced criminal defense in federal, state and local courts since 1975.

Sandra Parker was employed at UC Blue Ash full time until 2015. The college says she was not a professor, and that she did return for some consulting work after 2015, but has not been employed in any way over the past few years.

UC Blue Ash said in a statement that Sandra Parker "does not reflect the views of UC Blue Ash or the University (of Cincinnati)."