Four Bay Area citizens — who were assaulted last year at a riot that prompted UC Berkeley police to cancel a talk conservative speaker Milo Yiannopoulos — have sued the University of California, UC Berkeley, two former UC employees, and the city of Berkeley over their injuries.
The suit, filed Thursday in federal court in Oakland, accuses UC and the city of failing to protect the plaintiffs from violent Leftists. They were beaten and pepper-sprayed in the Feb. 1 melee. They are seeking unspecified damages.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports three of the plaintiffs, all from San Francisco, said they were assaulted when trying to attend the Yiannopoulous event on campus. The fourth, an Oakland man, was at an off-campus bar when he learned that the event was canceled.
The riot began as ultra-violent masked Leftist agitators joined a peaceful protest against Yiannopoulos, then spilled onto city streets as UC police and other officers shut down the campus after several hours.
Since the election of President Trump, Leftist Democrats have turned to violence as a means to political power. The UC Berkeley community is one of the main supporters of this policy.