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Protesters speak out after filing a lawsuit against Donald Trump

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --“Get em’ out of here!”

Those words from Donald Trump at his Louisville campaign rally on March 1 are what protesters say started violence at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

In the video shown above, you can see people pushing, shoving and shouting.

A high school student, a college student and a special education teacher said they were in the thick of it all and were violently attacked.

"I was trying to convince the people attending that the rhetoric isn't the American value that Donald Trump espouses, and I was punched in the stomach," said Henry Brousseau, a local high school student.

“I didn't physically assault anybody. I didn't verbally assault anybody.  All I did was hold up the signs I brought with me. and I was attacked," said U of L senior Kashiya Nwanguma.

"I was shoved from behind, and when I was leaving, I was basically shoved by everyone I walked passed," said Molly Shah, a local special education teacher.

The plaintiffs said they were peacefully protesting inside the Convention Center when the presidential hopeful started inciting violence.

They're suing Trump as well as Matthew Heimbach, a leader with the white supremacist Traditionalist Youth Network who is accused of assaulting Nwanguma and Shah.

They’re also suing Alvin Bamberger, a 75-year-old Ohio resident accused of shoving Nwanguma while she was leaving the rally. He was wearing a uniform associated with the Korean War Veterans Association.

Bamberger later wrote a letter to the veteran’s association admitting his role in the assault, according to the lawsuit: 

“Trump kept saying ‘get them out, get them out’ and people in the crowd began pushing and shoving the protesters. "I physically pushed a young woman down the aisle toward the exit, an action I sincerely regret.”

"Our clients are peaceful protesters that were doing what has been done for centuries now, and that's to show up and voice dissent at a political rally, and they were attacked for it," said Dan Canon, one of the attorneys representing the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

The plaintiffs said they were also called sexist and racial slurs at the rally.

Shah said she couldn't believe what she was hearing and seeing in her fellow Americans.

“The other black protesters that were there got it so much worse than any protester that was there,” Shah explained.

The plaintiffs have also filed criminal complaints with Louisville Metro Police. No charges have been filed.

The three are seeking monetary damages for physical injuries and emotional distress.

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