Video footage captured by several news outlets and disseminated on television and on social media shows a security guard punching a protester in the face after the demonstrator approached the guard from behind in an attempt to retrieve his sign.
The complaint -- filed by Efrain Galicia, Florencia Tejeda Perez, Gonzalo Cruz Franco, Johnny Garcia and Miguel Villalobos -- charges that "a group of human rights activists of Mexican origin, were violently attacked by defendant Donald J. Trump’s security guards." The filing further alleges that the security detail destroyed the plaintiffs' property "for the express purpose of interfering with their political speech while they were lawfully and peacefully assembled."
After the altercation, the Trump campaign alleged that the security guard had been "jumped from behind," according to The New York Times. The campaign indicated at the time that it was itself considering filing charges against the protesters.
The suit has been brought against Trump, his campaign, his LLC, and the guards. The charges include assault, civil theft of property, and interference with political speech.
The filling is to be accompanied by a press conference outside of the New York State Supreme Court for Bronx County.