Police drop Riley Gaines case of assault and ransom against protesters

Roughly one year after former University of Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines said she was attacked at San Francisco State University, the campus police department has ended its investigation without charging a suspect.

Last April, Gaines was giving a speech at a Turning Point USA event on campus when she said protesters stormed in, interrupted the event with chants, and flicked the lights on and off. Gaines was led away by a police officer, and she told authorities she was held for hours in a room while protesters demanded a ransom.

“I was ambushed and physically hit twice by a man. This is proof that women need sex-protected spaces,” Gaines said of the experience on X, including some video footage. “Still only further assures me I’m doing something right. When they want you silent, speak louder.”

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