The University of California – Berkeley is facing a major lawsuit from four individuals who were assaulted by Antifa activists last year on the school campus.
The plaintiffs, who are suing both UC Berkeley and the city of Berkeley, say the college did little to protect students and attendees from Antifa at the speech by Milo Yiannopoulos in February of last year.
Three of the plaintiffs were attending the Milo speech, and one was specifically targeted for wearing a MAGA hat. A fourth was someone who was attending the protest and was attacked by the thugs who began rioting.
The lawsuit, filed in a federal court in Oakland late last week, asserts the school – along with the city of Berkeley – failed to protect the plaintiffs when they were beaten and pepper-sprayed during the rioting that led to the cancellation of an event featured Milo Yiannopoulos, who is known for his controversial and provocative political views.
“The school’s inaction was motivated by the fact that Yiannopoulos and his supporters have opposing viewpoints to the majority of the school’s students and administration,” the complaint states. “Furthermore, given the current political climate in the United States, the City and UC Berkeley Defendants, and each of them, should have foreseen that the protest of a controversial political figure such as Yiannopoulos could likely turn violent.”
Last February, an estimated 150 black-clad leftist protesters rampaged through Berkeley’s campus, where they caused $100,000 worth of damage, beat some students, and led to the university cancelling the Yiannopoulos appearance. The melee spilled onto the streets of Berkeley, and forced university police and other officers to shut down the campus for several hours.
Three of the plaintiffs — John Jennings, Katrina Redelsheimer and Trever Hatch — say they were assaulted when trying to attend the Yiannopoulos event, while the fourth — Donald Fletcher — claims he was injured after leaving a local bar and entering the protest.
According to the lawsuit, Jennings and Redelsheimer were attacked on UC-Berkeley’s Sproul Plaza by protesters – including two then-employees of UC-Berkeley and UC-Davis — wielding sticks and pepper spray. The suit says the two suffered concussions, broken or bruised ribs, burns and cuts.
Hatch was also purportedly attacked on Sproul Plaza, where protestors knocked off his “Make America Great Again” cap and shot pepper spray into his eyes. Fletcher spent the night in a local hospital, and claims he suffered psychologically after allegedly being beaten unconscious, and kicked to ground.
Last year, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson interviewed one of the organizers of the Antifa protests, Yvette Falarca. Besides leading the local Antifa group, she is also a local middle school teacher. This interview shows much of the violence surrounding the protest and surrounding riot.