9th Circuit: Trump supporters can sue San Jose for not protecting them during 2016 rally

9th Circuit: Trump supporters can sue San Jose for not protecting them during 2016 rally
Anti-Trump mob pursues Trump supporters in San Jose, June 2016. YouTube, @politifight

[Ed. – As the allegations in the case make clear, this wasn’t just about whether the police tried to hold back violent protesters.  The police are accused of actively funneling the Trump supporters into a mob, and then standing by while they were attacked.  Even the biased 9th Circuit can see it.]

An appeals court on Friday said Donald Trump supporters can move ahead with a lawsuit claiming San Jose police forced them to walk from a 2016 campaign rally into a mob of violent protesters who assaulted them while the officers stood by.

The city had argued the case should be dismissed because the officers enjoy “qualified immunity” from liability in doing their jobs.

But a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district court ruling last year in favor of more than a dozen rally attendees who alleged the officers violated their civil rights.

Trending: Cartoon of the Day: Looney Toons

“We find the officers violated clearly established rights and are not entitled to qualified immunity at this stage of the proceedings,” said the opinion by Judge Dorothy W. Nelson, joined by judges Andrew J. Kleinfeld and William A. Fletcher.

Continue reading →

For your convenience, you may leave commments below using either the Spot.IM commenting system or the Facebook commenting system. If Spot.IM is not appearing for you, please disable AdBlock to leave a comment.

Commenting Policy

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please hover over that comment, click the ∨ icon, and mark it as spam. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.