Texas police refused requests to escort Biden campaign bus bothered by Trump supporters
Several lawsuits have been filed relating an incident last October that involved the harassment of a Biden campaign bus in Texas
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Transcripts of 911 calls last year from the San Marcos, Texas, police department show officials turned down multiple requests for assistance from a 2020 Biden campaign bus that was being harassed on the road by pro-Trump vehicles.
Individuals inside the bus at the time of the incident have filed suit against the police and the transcripts are now evidence in the case.
Last October, a Biden campaign event in Texas was canceled following an incident during which several vehicles manned by supporters of the former president surrounded a Biden for President campaign bus on the highway in an attempt to disrupt the driver's ability to keep moving.
Then-president Trump retweeted a video of the traffic event from his now-banned Twitter account and wrote, "I LOVE TEXAS."
Suits by the passengers have now been filed against both the San Marcos Police Department, alleging it ignored its duties, and individuals who were operating the disrupting vehicles.
New case filings allege that some of the officers "joked about the victims and their distress." Plaintiffs have also included as evidence a group text chain that appears to show that thee San Marcos officers "poked fun at the attack."
In the initial suit, the plaintiffs complained they are suffering from "ongoing psychological and emotional injury," they are seeking compensatory damages.