A woman who was attacked with pepper spray at a UC-Berkeley Milo Yiannopoulos appearance back in February is suing the school, UC President Janet Napolitano, and the Berkeley Police Department among others.
She is seeking a cool $23 million.
According to The Daily Californian, Kiara Robles says she was “attacked with extremely painful pepper spray and bear mace by masked assailants” the night of February 1, and alleges school officials “violated federal law and campus policies” and “were negligent by limiting conservative speech on campus and withholding law enforcement from protecting attendees.”
“It can be dangerous and even life-threatening to criticize liberal policies and opinions on college campuses,” Robles wrote in a Facebook message. “If the UC Berkeley community can’t remain politically neutral or conduct itself with civility, it’s an admission by everyone involved that the university is an indoctrination camp for political correctness.”
Also named in the suit are the UC Board of Regents, outgoing chancellor Nicholas Dirks, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín, and … Nancy Pelosi and George Soros.
— janey ? (@janeygak) February 2, 2017
Robles, who is gay, further alleged the defendants discriminated against her because of her sexual orientation. …
Larry Klayman, a representing attorney for Robles, alleged the campus’s and university’s actions “enable violence” and should be disciplined legally.
Prior to the planned Yiannopoulos speech, campus administrators and UCPD invested “substantial University resources planning security measures” to ensure the event took place, campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof said in an emailed statement.
Mogulof added in the statement that UCPD responded in an effort to minimize harm to attendees, defend the building from assailants and protect the speaker in the face of an “unprecedented level of organized violence.” Campus administration and law enforcement remain committed to free speech and the protection of campus community members and its guests, according to Mogulof.
“The University of California, Berkeley intends to mount a vigorous and successful defense of its actions, and looks forward to contesting this collection of false claims,” Mogulof wrote in an email. “We are confident that UCPD’s actions will be vindicated against the plaintiff’s uninformed allegations.”
The day after the Milo appearance chaos — where “over 1,000 protesters [were] setting fires, launching fireworks, throwing bricks, and smashing windows” — President Trump threatened to cut off federal funds to the school:
If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017