Judge orders Trump rally assault lawsuit to move forward

FILE – In this June 2, 2016 file photo, a man leaving a campaign rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump squares off against protesters following him in San Jose, Calif. A federal appeals court is allowing supporters of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump to sue,alleging they were beaten after San Jose police steered them into a crowd of anti-Trump protesters. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday, July 27, 2018 that police and the city of San Jose can’t claim that officers have immunity from being sued in the aftermath of the June 2016 confrontation outside a Trump campaign rally. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

“This shouldn’t happen to anyone in America regardless of their political views.” – Harmeet Dhillon, Trial Lawyer

In a small victory for victims of violence at a 2016 San Jose Trump rally, a judge in Sacramento ruled Friday their lawsuit against the city accusing its police of purposely putting the president’s supporters in danger was valid and may proceed.

The 19 plaintiffs allege law enforcement officials knowingly directed attendees into a waiting mob of several hundred protestors, despite access to a safer path, and proceeded to standby when attacks erupted. The hazardous journey, captured on film, consisted of egg pelting, bags of rocks and sucker punches.

Harmeet Dhillon, the attorney representing the group, joined Jack Armstrong & Joe Getty on-air to discuss the defendant’s arguments, next steps for the case and how the scenario would have played out differently had it been a gathering for a Democratic candidate. Here’s a sneak preview of what she had to say on the cops’ lack of response: “It was orders from above and we believe it was politically motivated.” 

Listen to their full conversation below!


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