A violent protest at the University of California at Berkeley have led to the cancellation of a February 2017 speaking event with Milo Yiannopoulos.
A federal judge on Friday dismissed most claims in a $23 million lawsuit filed by a woman who said she pepper-sprayed last year during a violent protest at the University of California in Berkeley, which lead to the cancellation of a speaking event with Milo Yiannopoulos.
Oakland resident Kiara Robles sued the city of Berkeley, Berkeley university, college and government officials in June 2017, because her free speech rights were violated when one of the protesters tried to prevent them from attending the Yiannopoulos talk in February, Courthouse News reported.
In a 23-page ruling, U. S. District Judge Claudia Wilken dismissed Robles’ claims, writing: “Robles not allege any facts showing that Berkeley took affirmative actions to entrust or infringe on Robles’ First Amendment Rights. The First Amendment does not require Berkeley to protect Robles against the actions of others.”
The judge dismissed Robles’ claims against UC President Janet Napolitano, UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, and Antifa, the San Francisco Chronicle.
Judge rejects lawsuit against the university of Berkeley claims of the police stand-down violated 1st Amendment rights https://t.co/whXXWJcXWc #federalcourt #California
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) September 15, 2018
Yiannopoulos’ scheduled speech at the university of Berkeley campus on Feb. 1, 2017, and stirred up the violent protests from the extreme left, which ultimately led to the event to cancel. Robles said she pepper-sprayed during an interview with tv station on the school grounds.
In a suit filed on Robles’ bill in June, its lawyers alleged authorities stood in the midst of the escalation of violence, writing: “[N]early 100 campus police and SWAT members waited in the Student Union building, within sight of the violence happens outside, watching as protesters became more aggressive and dangerous.”
In the intentional stopping of the enforcement of the law, Robles’ lawyers unsuccessfully argued that the administration of UC Berkeley was motivated by political beliefs that were at odds with the participants of the Yiannopoulos case, according to Courthouse News Service.
In an article cited by the Washington Times, UC Berkeley has said authorities responded to the event “in a way that is designed to minimize injuries to innocent members of the surrounding crowd to defend in the building of the invasion by the massive attackers and the protection and safe removal of the speaker.”
The February debacle ultimately cost the college $100,000 in damages.
Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.