Lawyers for a young female Trump supporter who was pepper sprayed during the UC Berkeley protests in February announced Wednesday that they sued the university and 17 other entities for $23 million.
Kiara Robles was pepper sprayed during an interview with an ABC affiliate by a masked assailant during protests over a speech by former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos.
Her attorneys, who work for conservative group Freedom Watch, filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Monday. Freedom Watch stated that they are "alleging the brutal assault and other causes of action that resulted in extreme damage to a young gay woman, Kiara Robles, who was simply attending a speaking event to hear an investigative reporter of Breitbart News, Milo Yiannopoulos," and that the university violated her First and Fourth Amendment rights.
"We want justice for Kiara," said her lawyer Larry Klayman in an interview to the San Francisco Chronicle. "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."
A woman wearing a #Trump-style hat was pepper sprayed at #UCBerkeley protests. She & @WayneFreedman are alright: https://t.co/g7WofodFyD pic.twitter.com/JD3Bt1y7rE— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) February 2, 2017
Robles told the San Francisco Chronicle that she doesn't know what she hopes to gain from the lawsuit, but that "I do think order is the right way to respond to chaos, and a lawsuit is the civil way to respond to injustice."
Besides UC Berkeley, other names in the lawsuit include the UC Berkeley Police Department, the Berkeley Police Department, UC Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and billionaire George Soros.
During the February protests, rioters caused more than $100,000 in damage to the university and led to the cancellation of Yiannopoulos's speech to the Berkeley College Republicans.