One of the most infamous episodes from the run-up to the 2016 presidential election was the violence and assaults meted out on peaceful Trump supporters attempting to attend a rally in San Jose.
What made the anti-Trump violence especially egregious was that the San Jose police, for the most part, simply stood aside and allowed the assaults to happen.
As a result, people who were among the assaulted filed suit against the city. To no one’s surprise, city mayor Sam Liccardo asserted that the lawsuit was baseless. Liccardo stated this, despite numerous eyewitness accounts and videos clearly documenting the violent events.
Despite the city’s attempts to get the charges thrown out, federal judge
Lucy Koh has issued a ruling that permits the plaintiffs’ lawsuit to go forward.
The judicial order is a major triumph for Trump supporters and anyone interested in real justice. After all, a person’s political beliefs should not leave him or her as an open target to those who hold opposing views, at least not in the United States.
The San Francisco area CBS affiliate, CBS SFBayArea, reported on the story.
“We’ve seen video appearing on international local and national media that shows the police standing by as people were getting gruesomely attacked,” said Charles Moran of the California Log Cabin Republicans.
The attorney for the plaintiffs, Harmeet Dhillon, attended the rally.
“Citizens ranging from their teens to their 70s were assaulted, abused, chased, hunted, and terrorized in a situation for which the city is responsible, and must now answer,” Dhillon reported to LifeZette. “This lawsuit seeks to vindicate the principle that every American — regardless of his or her political beliefs — is entitled to equal protection of the laws, and to the rights of free speech and free assembly, particularly in the support of their candidate of choice.”
Among those attacked was Juan Hernandez, a Trump supporter who received a broken nose.
“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. The officers weren’t doing anything as the attacks were happening. This should not happen anywhere — no matter who you support, Democrat or Republican — this should not happen.”
The city police offered the most lame excuse for their non-action as could be imagined. Essentially, their response was that if they stepped in to stop the violence, it would only serve to further inflame the anti-Trump riot, so they decided the best course of action was to do nothing.
That a judge in California actually sided with Trump supporters is in itself kind of amazing. As the actions of violent liberals in Berkeley and other west coast locales have show since the election, the lack of law enforcement response to their violence has only served to embolden them.
The San Jose anti-Trump riot was one of the best examples of how the real fascists are left-wing extremists, not Trump supporters.
Kudos to Judge Lucy Koh for doing the right thing. This is truly an overdue victory for justice.