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Four  residents in my home state of California are my new heroes.  They recently filed a lawsuit against the University of California, Berkeley (and the city) for failing to protect them during the horrible riots last year.

You may recall that when Milo Yiannopoulos came to campus to speak, all hell broke loose.  Apparently the campus, which claims to be the birthplace of the free speech movement (though I suspect Philadelphia might more accurately make that claim), decided to turn its back on its heritage.

FreedomX law group filed the suit on behalf of the four people who sustained injuries during the riots.  According to their filing, the University of California Police Department was “responsible for creating and exposing the plaintiffs to the unlawful actions of an angry mob of violent anarchists.”

Which is undoubtedly true.

We can’t let mobs determine the limits of free speech.  It’s unAmerican.  Campus Reform has more:

“By their failure to intervene or employ reasonable tactical methods to ensure the safety of the plaintiffs and the public, government actors conducted their official duties with deliberate indifference to the plaintiffs’ safety, permitting hordes of violent rioters to swarm the university campus in a violent rage,” the lawsuit contends.

Additionally, the suit claims that UCPD violated its own “Crowd Management Policy” by failing to remove disruptive attendees from the February 2017 riots, instead choosing to stand down in the face of violent protesters.

“Why do we need a police department then? That’s like a fire department standing there in the street with their hoses saying ‘I’m not going in there, I might get hurt,’” FreedomX President Bill Becker told Campus Reform.

“The Yiannopoulos protests are an example of the new normal on college campuses with the growth of these anarchist/anti-fascist groups,” he continued. “It’s particularly noticeable at Berkeley, which has a long history of anarchy and resistance to conservative visitors.”

Exactly. I hope these four people get paid handsomely for the injuries they sustained from the government being unwilling to protect our basic rights.

Hat Tip: Campus Reform

Image Credit: By Pax Ahimsa Gethen (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.