San Jose, California, officials are facing a lawsuit filed in July 2016, after Trump supporters were attacked at a downtown Trump rally in June.
According to a report by Mercury News, a federal judge Wednesday denied the city’s request to dismiss the lawsuit, which alleged negligence and civil rights violations after city officials directed Trump supporters to “walk through” a violent mob of protesters as they exited the rally on June 2.
“We look forward to pursuing discovery in this case — getting to the bottom of why this situation happened, holding the city liable for what happened to these individuals, and ensuring this type of tragedy doesn’t happen again,” San Francisco attorney Harmeet K. Dhillon said.
Dhillon represents 20 plaintiffs who say that police officers wearing full riot gear merely looked on as the Trump supporters were viciously attacked by protesters.
Trump supporter Juan Hernandez had his nose broken and said he felt as through the group of Trump supporters was led into the dangerous situation by police.
“It felt like we were the lamb being led to the slaughterhouse. I went down into a fetal position and the punches were coming in at every angle,” he recalled, noting that officers did nothing to stop the attacks while they were taking place. “This should not happen anywhere — no matter who you support, Democrat or Republican — this should not happen.”
Mayor Sam Liccardo and Police Chief Eddie Garcia were initially listed as defendants in the lawsuit, but San Jose City Attorney Rick Doyle boasted that he was able to get the claims against the two dismissed. The lawsuit now lists 17 defendants, including individual protesters and police officers.
H/T: Mercury News
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