A judge this week dropped three of four charges in a lawsuit filed by Donald Trump backers against the city of San Jose, according to news reports.
The lawsuit accuses San Jose police of failing to protect people were chased and assaulted by protesters on their way out of a June 2 campaign rally in downtown. Rally attendees leaving the event say police clad in riot gear stood idly by as protesters attacked them.
Mayor Sam Liccardo and police Chief Eddie Garcia have denied the allegations. The lawsuit also suggests that the mayor’s party affiliation—he’s a registered Democrat and Hillary Clinton supporter—affected the city’s response.
According to the Mercury News, the city asked the judge to dismiss the case, which was filed on behalf of 14 plaintiffs by attorney and Republican National Committee official Harmeet Dhillon.
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh let the claim of negligence stand and set a date for a jury trial in 2018. She also gave Dhillon another month to amend her complaint and drum up more evidence.
For more than a year, Trump’s campaign for the presidency has been dogged by violence. Rallies throughout the nation have erupted in fistfights between Trump supporters and people protesting the Republican candidate’s divisive rhetoric.
This past week, however, the allegations of assault have been leveled against Trump himself. Several women have come forward claiming that the GOP nominee sexually assaulted them over the years.
Many of them spoke up after hearing a 2005 audio recording of Trump boasting about groping and forcibly kissing women. In the hot-mic recording, Trump brags that he can touch women without permission and “grab them by the pussy” because of his fame.