February 5, 2018 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Just days ago the law firm headed by RNC biggie Shawn Steel filed a civil rights lawsuit [in theUnited States District Court, Northern District of California - Oakland] on behalf of 4 appellants, John Jennings, Katrina Redelsheimer, Trever Hatch and Donald Fletcher, all of whom were injured in a February 2017 riot that took place in Berkeley after the university cancelled an address by free speech advocate Milo Yiannopolous.
“It is a civil rights action brought under the Fourteenth Amendment against government actors responsible for creating dangerous conditions and exposing the Plaintiffs to physical harm caused by a violent mob of anarchists at a student-sponsored Milo Yiannopolous event (“Yiannopolous event”) scheduled to take place at the University of California, Berkeley (“UC Berkeley” and “University”) on February 1, 2017.
The defendants are many including numerous UC Berkeley, City of Berkeley and Berkeley Police Department officials as well as those named as “individual baterers,” Ian Dabney Miller and Raha Mirabdal [a.k.a. Shadi Banoo] believed to be members of the revolutionary Marxist group, By Any Means Necessary [BAMN]
In the days subsequent to the AntiFa inspired riot, commentators noted that the Berkeley Police Department seemed uninterested in doing its job and the lawsuit reinforces that notion, charging law enforcement with “standing down” [and actually sheltering indoors when the violence started] rather than protecting the public order. This failure to act had the effect of encouraging mob violence against those bringing suit:
“By issuing feckless disbursal orders and empty threats of arrest from a vantage point where they [ensured] “their own safety while leaving Plaintiffs exposed to violent assaults, erecting barricades in such a manner as to enable angry malefactors to surround Plaintiffs and assault them and to deprive Plaintiffs of an exit route, failing to enforce the law and by other affirmative actions.”
In our interview with Mr. Steel, the attorney stressed the public good aspect of the case stating that the attorneys are not only working pro bono but are also footing much the bill regarding the legal costs incurred by the plaintiffs as a result of the action. He also stated that he expects a protracted battle since the public officials are being represented by government paid attorneys.
In a closely related manner the law firm of Hameet Dhillon is also suing UC Berkeley and UC Regebt Janet Napolitano on behalf of US Berkeley’s always under siege Young American for Freedom [YAF].
Below a roster of the defendants in the Steel filing
THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA; JANET NAPOLITANO, in her official capacity as President of the University of California;
NICHOLAS B. DIRKS, individually as former Chancellor of University of California, Berkeley;
CAROL T. CHRIST, individually and in her official capacity as Chancellor of University of California, Berkeley;
STEPHEN C. SUTTON, individually and in his official capacity as Interim Vice Chancellor of the Student Affairs Division of University of California, Berkeley;
JOSEPH D. GREENWELL, individually and in his official capacity as Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students of University of California, Berkeley;
MARGO BENNETT, individually and in her official capacity as Chief of Police of University of California Police Department, at Berkeley;
ALEX YAO, individually and in his official capacity as Operations Division Captain of University of California Police Department, at Berkeley;
LEROY M. HARRIS, individually and in his official capacity as Patrol Lieutenant of University of California Police Department, at Berkeley;
IAN DABNEY MILLER, an individual, RAHA MIRABDAL, a.k.a. SHADI BANOO, an individual; CITY OF BERKELEY, a municipal corporation (Berkeley California);
CITY OF BERKELEY POLICE DEPARTMENT, a municipal subdivision (Berkeley California);
ANDREW R. GREENWOOD, individually and in his official capacity as Interim Chief of Police of the City of Berkeley (Berkeley California);
CITY OF BERKELEY DOES 1-50; UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
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