Lawsuit Alleges Texas Police Refused to Help Biden Bus in Skirmish With Trump Supporters

An updated federal lawsuit alleged that police in San Marcos, Texas, refused to help a Joe Biden campaign bus that was confronted by former President Donald Trump supporters on a freeway in 2020.

The amended lawsuit, which was filed late Friday, included transcribed recordings that reveal multiple requests for assistance made by Democratic campaigners and bus passengers who felt threatened by a group of motorists, known as the "Trump Train," driving dangerously on the freeway, the Texas Tribune reported.

San Marcos Police Corporal Matthew Daenzer, who was the police supervisor that day, reportedly refused to provide police escort to the bus, according to the lawsuit.

The suit alleged that law enforcement officers "privately laughed" and "joked about the victims and their distress."

A 911 dispatcher in San Marcos took a call from a Biden campaign staffer who expressed concerns about feeling in danger and asked for help. The San Marcos dispatcher, who was also in contact with a dispatcher in New Braunfels about the situation, then called Daenzer to relay the message of the campaign staffer asking for assistance.

"I am so annoyed at New Braunfels for doing this to us," the dispatcher told Daenzer, who was laughing after answering the call, according to the lawsuit. "They have their officers escorting this Biden bus, essentially, and the Trump Train is cutting in between vehicles and driving — being aggressive and slowing them down to like 20 or 30 miles per hour. And they want you guys to respond to help."

"No, we're not going to do it. We will 'close patrol' that, but we're not going to escort a bus," Daenzer responded to the request, according to the Texas Tribune.

A Biden campaign staffer was driving a white SUV behind the bus and reportedly experienced a minor collision with a Trump supporter at one point.

Daenzer, San Marcos Assistant Police Chief Brandon Winkenwerder, and the city are reportedly being sued in the new complaint. The lawsuit was originally filed against San Marcos' director of public safety, Chase Stapp, and the San Marcos city marshal's department.

The Trump Train encounter with the Biden bus prompted Texas Democrats to cancel three campaign events that were scheduled in Central Texas at the time due to "safety concerns."

The lawsuit reportedly accused the San Marcos law enforcement officers of violating the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 for refusing to provide assistance despite being aware of "acts of violent political intimidation" by Trump supporters.

The updated complaint also mentioned that a San Marcos crime analyst and a Biden supporter told the police that Trump supporters were following the bus as it was heading to its campaign event at Texas State University in San Marcos.

The lawsuit alleged that assistance was only provided when the bus arrived at the city of Kyle where police moved Trump supporters away. But the trucks driven by the Trump supporters returned again and "resumed their threatening behavior" after the Kyle police escort left at the Travis County line.

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit, including former state Senator Wendy Davis, reportedly asked for legal fees and for compensatory and punitive damages.

Another lawsuit was filed against the Trump supporters who followed and surrounded the bus, alleging that they organized a "politically-motivated conspiracy to disrupt the campaign and intimidate its supporters."

Newsweek contacted San Marcos police for comments but didn't receive a response in time of publishing.

Texas police refused to help Biden bus
An updated federal lawsuit claimed that police in San Marcos, Texas, refused to provide a police escort for a Biden campaign bus despite being alerted that Trump supporters were allegedly harassing and following the bus. Above, a campaign bus for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden is seen parked in front of the Iowa State Capitol on February 03, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images