Trump supporters attacked in San Jose sue mayor, police chief
Santa Cruz Sentinel:
Fourteen people who attended a Donald Trump rally in San Jose last month filed a class-action lawsuit Thursday against the city, mayor and police chief claiming city leaders failed to protect them from assaults by protesters as they left the event and violated their rights to free speech and peaceful assembly.They did an extremely poor job of crowd control and appeared to have done little to stop the assaults. I am not surprised the suit was filed. The question may be whether the plaintiffs can get a fair trial in an area dominated by liberals.
“Law-abiding citizens leaving the Trump rally were victimized by being forced by armed police to walk into a riot in full swing where many were assaulted while police looked on,” said the plaintiffs’ attorney, Harmeet K. Dhillon, who is also the vice chair of the California Republican Party.
Dhillon says her clients range from a 14-year-old who was assaulted by two different individuals and denied assistance by the San Jose Fire Department to a 71-year-old woman whose glasses were ripped off and destroyed by three rioters.
She said it was made clear that the “inaction” of 250 San Jose police officers “was colored by political viewpoint considerations.”
Following the violence at the June 2 rally, Mayor Sam Liccardo said in a statement: “While it’s a sad statement about our political discourse that Mr. Trump has focused on stirring antagonism instead of offering real solutions to our nation’s challenges, there is absolutely no place for violence against people who are simply exercising their rights to participate in the political process.” That and remarks to a reporter that Trump “needs to take responsibility for the irresponsible behavior of his campaign” drew criticism that the mayor was excusing the attacks.
Liccardo, a backer of Hillary Clinton, also was accused of ordering officers to stand down as Trump supporters were being attacked, a claim Police Chief Eddie Garcia has called “absurd.” Liccardo, he added, called him the night of the rally, but didn’t tell him how to handle the event.