At a rally in San Jose during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016, supporters of Trump were met with flying eggs and punches from anti-Trump protestors.
The supporters are now allowed to sue the city’s police department for failing to protect them, according to a new court ruling.
The Trump supporters were exiting the McEnery Convention Center when they were met with hundreds of violent anti-Trump protesters.
The supporters were all ushered out by police through one exit and straight into the waiting crowd, despite the availability of other, safer exits.
They were then attacked by the angry mob, with some being beaten and struck by objects thrown by the protesters.
One plaintiff in the case claims that the police were instructed not to intervene in the attack.
Police did arrest three people following the melee, but all were for assaulting officers and none for attacking the Trump supporters.
According to the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, if the allegations are true, “the officers acted with deliberate indifference to a known and obvious danger” which violated the constitutional rights of the Trump supporters.
“The attendees allege the officers shepherded them into a violent crowd of protesters and actively prevented them from reaching safety,” Judge Dorothy Nelson said. “The officers continued to implement this plan even while witnessing the violence firsthand.”
After the rally, San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia praised the officers for “their effectiveness and their restraint.”
If the plaintiffs can prove their allegations, they would reveal that the San Jose police knowingly exposed the Trump supporters to the risk and danger of the anti-Trump mob.