The transcribed 911 calls reveal that San Marcos police officers rejected multiple requests for assistance from a Biden campaign bus that was being harassed on the road by a so-called “Trump Train,” even as other jurisdictions agreed to help.
The transcripts were included in the amended complaint against the police officers filed by those inside the bus at the time of the incident. The Texas Tribune reported.
Last October, a Biden campaign event was canceled after a caravan of Trump supporters surrounded a campaign bus and attempted to force it to stop in the middle of the road or pull it off the road. Previous President TrumpTrump’s lawyer blamed Pence for causing the Capitol attack: Biden administration report announces easing of some tariffs on EU steel, COP26 aluminum takes on climate change at dangerous time MORE at the time he retweeted a video of the incident on his now-deleted Twitter account writing, “I LOVE TEXAS!”
This is a traffic violation and attempted murder. Why hasn’t anyone been arrested? pic.twitter.com/QnfF4vXMQn
– melissa “cancel student debt” byrne (@mcbyrne) October 31, 2020
Earlier this year, the group of passengers, which included a volunteer, a Biden campaign staff member, and former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, filed two lawsuits related to the incident, one against the Texas Police Department. San Marcos, claiming that he abdicated his duties, and another against the people who were part of the caravan.
In one case, San Marcos Police Corporal Matthew Daenzer refused to provide assistance after another jurisdiction recommended that he do so, according to the Tribune.
“No, we won’t,” Daenzer said according to the presentation. “We will close the patrol,” but we will not escort a bus. “
The new documents also allege that the officers “laughed privately” and “joked about the victims and their distress.”
In addition to requests for help from bus passengers, witnesses to the harassment also called the police department, warning of reckless driving, but the San Marcos Police Department continued to withhold assistance.
“Despite these multiple calls for help from the Plaintiffs and others, during the approximately 30 minutes it took to drive through San Marcos on the main highway that runs through it, there were no San Marcos officers or any other police cars on the scene. the view, neither on the entrance or exit ramps of I-35, nor on both sides of the highway, ”read the court documents, according to the Tribune.
The plaintiffs also included a group text message between San Marcos police officers that appeared to show they “mocked the attack,” with an unidentified individual referring to Democrats driving through their city with a derogatory term used to describe a woman. person with mental problems. disabilities.
In their original lawsuit, the plaintiffs claim that they are suffering “ongoing psychological and emotional injuries.” The bus driver, Timothy Holloway, who is Black, said the incident was “like what happened in the old days, when people of color ran out of town.”
Biden campaign staff member David Gins, who was the director of state operations for the Biden-Harris campaign for Texas, said he stopped participating in campaign events shortly after the harassment.
The plaintiffs will seek “compensatory damages,” although John Paredes, the lawyer for the nonprofit Protect Democracy who filed the lawsuit, said the lawsuit was “not about money” and was more about seeking liability.