4 sue Berkeley, UC Berkeley over injuries at campus riot

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Four people who say they were injured last year during a riot ahead of a speech by a right-wing provocateur at the University of California, Berkeley have filed a lawsuit against the university and the city of Berkeley. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Four people who say they were injured last year during a riot ahead of a speech by a right-wing provocateur at the University of California, Berkeley have filed a lawsuit against the university and the city of Berkeley.

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The plaintiffs say in the suit that officials failed to protect them from being pepper-sprayed and beaten when they were trying to attend Milo Yiannopoulos's Feb. 1, 2017 speech. They are seeking unspecified damages.

UC Berkeley police canceled the speech citing safety concerns after a demonstration turned violent when dozens of black-clad anarchists attacked some in the crowd.

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UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof says the university has not seen the suit and could not comment. A spokesman for the city of Berkeley Berkeley did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Leslie Brinkley will have the latest on this developing story starting at 4 p.m. on ABC7 News. Click here to follow her on Twitter.

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