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Cops ‘Laughed’ When Biden Staff Called 911 Over Trump Train Ambush: Lawsuit

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Cops ‘Laughed’ When Biden Staff Called 911 Over Trump Train Ambush: Lawsuit

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Just days before the presidential election, supporters of then-President Donald Trump ambushed a Biden campaign bus on a Texas freeway, leaving staff members fearful for their safety and calling for several times the local judicial authorities for help.

But the city of San Marcos “refused to help,” instead privately mocking Democratic employees stuck on the bus and calling them “late,” according to text messages and 911 audio recordings detailed in a modified federal lawsuit.

The October 30 “Trump Train” incident sent shockwaves across the country after videos showed cars with MAGA flags apparently trying to force the bus off the road as it headed for Austin for a rally. Trump himself commented on the break-in, retweeting a video with the caption “I LOVE TEXAS!” Videos showed a white SUV and a black truck colliding during the episode.

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“For at least ninety minutes, including the entire stretch of I-35 within the San Marcos city lines, the Trump Train chased and terrorized” the bus, says lawsuit , adding that the occupants “tried to get help. They called 911 several times. They asked for police escorts.

But San Marcos cops and city officials “chose not to organize a response” after dispatch received 911 calls asking for help, according to the lawsuit.

Instead, according to text messages and audio recordings of 911 obtained by the plaintiffs, they privately laughed and joked about the victims and their distress, including calling them ‘late’, making fun of the breathing. “harsh” from a campaign staff member and retorting that they should “just drive on the defensive” or “get off the train”.

The lawsuit, obtained by The Daily Beast, was filed by former State Senator Wendy Davis, bus driver Timothy Holloway, campaign staff member David Gins and volunteer Eric Cervini. He names a large number of city officials as accused, including San Marcos Public Security Director Chase Stapp, San Marcos Police Corporal Matthew Daenzer and San Marcos Deputy Police Chief Brandon Winkenwerder, and the city itself.

The lawsuit alleges that the San Marcos police chose not to provide the Biden bus with a police escort despite multiple requests, and even refused “to take reasonable steps to protect both the safety of the plaintiffs and their basic democratic rights. “.

In a call transcript detailed in the lawsuit, San Marcos Police Corporal Matthew Daenzer told a 911 dispatcher who answered a call from a terrified Biden campaign staff member: “No, we’re not going to do it. We’re going to “shut down the patrol,” but we’re not going to escort a bus.

In a separate appeal, a New Braunfels dispatcher relayed a request for a police escort once the bus entered San Marcos jurisdiction. The dispatcher said the appellant was “really pissed off about it and he was breathing hard and stuff like ‘they’re really aggressive’. Okay. Calm down.”

“Yeah, well, drive defensively, and that’ll be great,” Daenzer replied. “Or get off the train.” There is an idea, ”added the dispatcher.

According to the trial transcript, the dispatcher eventually told Biden’s staff member that the request for a police escort was denied, before adding, “If you feel like you’re threatened or your life is threatened. , call us back definitively.

“Are you kidding me, ma’am?” The staff member replied before pointing out that Trump supporters had “threatened my life on several occasions with vehicle collisions.” The staff member again requested an escort, but the dispatcher refused, saying the order was “from our boss,” according to the costume.

The Biden campaign ultimately called off the event in the state of the battlefield just days before the November 3 election. The lawsuit says a campaign volunteer informed Cole Stapp, a deputy with the Marshal’s Department in the city of San Marcos, of the cancellation and asked for help to keep the bus going to the site . Stapp reportedly called dispatching 911 to report the cancellation, but did not relay the request regarding the bus.

“Despite these multiple pleas for help from the plaintiffs and others, during the approximately 30 minutes it took to cross San Marcos on the main highway that crosses it, there was no San Marcos officer nor no other police car in sight. not on the exit or entry ramps of I-35, nor on either side of the freeway, ”the lawsuit said, noting that, without police intervention, supporters of Trump felt emboldened to continue their attack on the bus.

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As the bus approached the town of Kyle, according to the lawsuit, calls from terrified employees were transferred to the Kyle Police Department.

“Shortly thereafter, a police escort arrived at Kyle, granting the bus a short stay,” the lawsuit says. “The Trump Train defused its harassing behavior again and resumed driving at around the posted speed limit. “

But once the bus headed for the Travis County line and Kyle’s police escort departed, “the Trump train resumed its threatening behavior.”

The lawsuit says that in the days following the incident, “officers realized that what had happened in San Marcos could have political and legal consequences, calling the event a ‘debacle’ in emails. internal and preparing for a “political storm”. “

On November 4, according to the lawsuit, Daenzer even attempted to downplay his department’s actions in his report, stating that “due to staff issues, lack of time to plan and lack of knowledge of the route, we were unable to provide an escort. “

The amended lawsuit, filed by several Democrats, including former State Senator Wendy Davis, seeks damages and a jury trial, stating that “as a result of the events of October 30, including those that took place are produced in the city of San Marcos, the plaintiffs suffer continuous psychological and emotional injury.

No one has been charged in the incident, but the FBI announced last November that it had opened an investigation into allegations of harassment.

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