Berkeley, CA - Kiara Robles, a young woman who was pepper sprayed by a rioter at UC Bereley in February, is now suing just about everybody who may be associated with the attack, seeking $23 million in damages.
Kiara Robles was at UC Berkeley February 1, to attend a talk from internet troll, Milo Yiannopoulous.
Shortly before Yiannopoulous was scheduled to speak, a masked group showed up and began throwing smoke bombs and flares at the building.
Robles was wearing a red "Make Bitcoin Great Again" hat, a joke that played on President Trump's MAGA hat. KGO-TV was interviewing Robles about the outbreak of violence when a masked person called her a racist and pepper sprayed her on camera.
You can see the video of the attack here:
According to SFGATE, Kiara Robles has brought on Attorney Larry Klayman to represent her. Klayman is the founder of conservative political activist group, Freedom Watch.
“We want justice for Kiara,” Klayman said in an interview with SFGATE. “She was assaulted. The California university system, and in part, Berkeley, is out of control, and they’re facilitating, if not inciting, violence, and the campus police sit around twiddling their thumbs.”
The lawsuit names UC Berkeley Police Department, the city of Berkeley Police Department, UC Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Party Chairman John Burton, and billionaire Sith lord George Soros [Editor's Note: The Sith lord bit was a joke. Soros is probably not actually a Sith lord... Probably...]
UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said, “We are confident that UCPD's actions will be vindicated against the plaintiff's uninformed allegations.”
It's been over four months since the attack and all information about the incident indicates that UCPD's actions can never be vindicated.
As Blue Lives Matter's National Spokesman put it:
The epic failure at the University of California Berkeley to safeguard lives and property during the recent riot personifies not only ineptitude and cowardice at the highest levels of University and Police leadership but something far darker and insidious. It reveals that same leadership becoming complicit in violating one of the most fundamental and cherished rights in America. That of free speech.
The “Incident at Berkeley” will go down in history as one the most embarrassing and degrading examples of police leadership in modern memory. The images of University of California Police Officers in full tactical gear doing absolutely nothing as a swarm of black-clad uniformly dressed, masked rioters, were attacking and injuring innocent people will forever darken the image of law enforcement officers everywhere.
When officers arrived at the area where the [initially peaceful] protesters were gathered at about 2 PM, they were ordered into the Martin Luther King building where the speech was to take place, where they would “shelter in place” until almost midnight.
Blue Lives Matter's investigation into the incident included numerous interviews with our law enforcement sources who were present at the event. They advised that after the violent rioters started attacking people, the officers were ordered to lock the doors and do nothing to help the beaten and injured victims who were begging them for help on the other side of the glass, long after the event was cancelled and Yiannopoulos evacuated.
The failure of Berkeley law enforcement to act at this event and at future events resulted in multiple all-out street brawls between the violent left-wing groups and the right. These events, combined with law enforcement's failure to act, contributed to an environment across the nation where fringe groups from both the right and the left are itching for for violent street fights.
While UC Berkeley and the city of Berkeley should be held accountable for the way they managed response, the success of this lawsuit seems unlikely. Generally, a government entity cannot be held liable for injuries of an individual resulting from a government agent's breach of a duty owed to the public as a whole. Basically, unless she was specifically promised police protection, they can't be held liable for failing to protect her.
When asked what she hope to get out of the lawsuit, Robles responded, "I honestly don’t know. But I do think order is the right way to respond to chaos, and a lawsuit is the civil way to respond to injustice."