We (Rachel Casey and Juan Hernandez) started this GoFundMe campaign to help pay the legal costs for the victims of assault and free speech violations at a Trump rally that took place in San Jose, Calif. on June 2, 2016. Several thousand Trump supporters attended a rally that day, and were assaulted by an organized mob of thugs — a mob the local authorities directed them to walk through in order to leave the event and reach their transportation. Authorities stood by and watched while citizens were assaulted before their eyes. We were part of the group of supporters violently attacked at the event.
Victims range from a 14-year-old assaulted by two individuals and denied assistance by the San Jose Fire Department, to a 71-year-old woman who said her glasses were ripped off and destroyed by three rioters in view of police who told her they were not allowed to make arrests.
So far, 14 individual rally attendees assaulted at the event have banded together to sue the Mayor and Police Chief of San Jose, the City of San Jose, and several individual rioters; we and the other plaintiffs are also class representatives for a class of all rally attendees whose civil rights were violated by the actions of the local authorities. While both the individual rioters who are criminal defendants, and the San Jose city authorities, all have access to taxpayer-funded attorneys, we must fund the civil lawsuit ourselves, on behalf of everyone whose rights were affected that day.
If you believe that everyone has equal protection under the First Amendment and believe that the law enforcement should have protected the constitutional rights of the rally attendees from the mob that assembled to assault them, please donate to our legal fund. All funds raised in this campaign will go to defray the legal costs of the rally attendees; none of these funds will go to the plaintiffs themselves.
You can read more about the rally and our lawsuit in the articles below:
The Associated Press: Trump supporters sue California city for after-rally attacks
FOX News: Father speaks out after young son targeted by anti-Trump mob; Pirro: Clinton should ask for special prosecutor
The Washington Post: I’m voting for Donald Trump, so I went to see him speak. Protesters broke my nose.
The San Jose Mercury News: Trump rally attendees sue San Jose, Mayor Liccardo and police chief
ABC News: Violence Breaks Out at Trump Rally in San Jose, Protesters Hurl Eggs, Throw Punches, Intimidate Supporters
NBC Bay Area: 'I've Never Seen Anything Like That in America': Trump's San Jose Rally Draws Protest, Turns Violent
ABC 7: ATTENDEES OF VIOLENT DONALD TRUMP RALLY FILE CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST SAN JOSE, POLICE
USA Today: Protesters attack Trump supporters outside San Jose rally
FOX News: San Jose protesters attack Trump supporters with punches, eggs
ABC 13: CRITICS BELIEVE PROFESSIONAL PROTESTERS USED AT DONALD TRUMP RALLY IN SAN JOSE
Real Clear Politics: Trump Supporter Left Bleeding After Being Attacked By Mob Outside San Jose Rally
People Magazine: Donald Trump Supporters Pelted with Eggs, Spat on and Beaten as 300 Protestors Mob California Convention Hall After Speech