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Judge drops $23 million suit over Yiannopoulos protest in Berkeley

SF Chronicle [1]
September 17, 2018

A federal judge has dismissed nearly all the claims [2] made in a $23 million lawsuit filed by a woman who was pepper-sprayed last year at UC Berkeley during a protest against right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.

Oakland resident Kiara Robles filed the August 2017 suit against six individuals and entities, including the UC Board of Regents, the city of Berkeley and people she said were members of the far-left activist group Antifa.

Robles said the defendants “willfully withheld police officers” to protect pro-Yiannopoulos and pro-President Trump supporters like herself because they were at odds with the defendants’ political beliefs.

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken on Friday dismissed all claims against the regents and Berkeley, and part of a claim against alleged Antifa member Raha Mirabdal. Robles said that Mirabdal shined a flashlight “aggressively” in her face to incapacitate her and left her prone to attacks by other Antifa members.

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