According to CBS News, police in Santa Clara are actively searching for a suspect involved in a stabbing incident that occurred during a Gold Cup soccer match at Levi's Stadium on Sunday evening, July 2, 2023. The incident took place at the conclusion of an intense game between Mexico and Qatar, which ended in a 1-0 victory for Qatar at the stadium located at 4900 Marie P DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara, CA 95054.
According to the Santa Clara Police Department, officers responded to reports of an active fight involving multiple attendees at approximately 8:47 p.m. Eyewitnesses and video footage revealed that a man had sustained a stab wound to his neck during an altercation with the suspect. The victim was promptly located and provided with medical attention.
Authorities have described the suspect as a Hispanic man between 25 and 35 years old, with a heavyset build, short dark-colored hair, and a thin mustache and beard. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a green Mexican national team soccer jersey. Accompanying the suspect was a heavyset Hispanic woman with dark-colored hair, also donning a Mexican national soccer jersey.
Following the breaking news story of the stabbing incident at the Gold Cup soccer match in Santa Clara, we had the opportunity to interview Bobby Thompson, Esq., a prominent violent crimes attorney based in California. In this conversation we delve into the topic of civil cases against negligent sporting arenas and stadium owners with Mr. Thompson, including when stabbing victims can sue a stadium.
Darla Medina (DM): Thank you for joining us, Mr. Thompson. Given your expertise in violent crimes, could you shed some light on the potential for civil cases against sporting arenas and stadium owners following incidents like the one we recently witnessed at the Gold Cup match?
Bobby Thompson, Esq. (BT): Thank you, Darla. It's a pleasure to be here. When it comes to incidents of violence at sporting events, survivors of stabbings or other acts of violence may have legal recourse in the form of civil cases. These cases generally revolve around the concept of premises liability, which holds property owners responsible for maintaining a safe environment for their patrons.
DM: That's interesting, Mr. Thompson. Could you elaborate on what exactly constitutes negligence on the part of sporting arenas or stadium owners?
BT: Certainly, Darla. Negligence can take various forms in these cases. For instance, if a stadium fails to implement adequate security measures, such as proper bag checks or metal detectors, they may be deemed negligent if it contributed to an incident of violence. Additionally, inadequate staffing, poor crowd control, or a lack of surveillance systems could also be factors that contribute to a finding of negligence.
DM: How would the legal process unfold for survivors seeking civil recourse in such cases?
BT: Well, Darla, the first step would be to consult with an experienced attorney who specializes in premises liability and violent crimes. They would assess the circumstances of the incident and determine if there are grounds for a civil case. If so, they would proceed by filing a lawsuit against the stadium owner or operator on behalf of the survivor.
DM: What sort of compensation or remedies could survivors potentially seek through these civil cases?
BT: In civil cases involving violent incidents, survivors may be entitled to compensation for various damages, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of earnings, and in some cases, punitive damages. The goal is to ensure that the survivor is fairly compensated for the physical, emotional, and financial burdens they have endured as a result of the incident.
DM: Thank you, Mr. Thompson, for shedding light on this important legal aspect. As we wrap up, do you have any advice for individuals who may find themselves in similar situations?
BT: Absolutely, Darla. My advice is twofold: Firstly, if you or someone you know becomes a victim of violence at a sporting event, ensure that you prioritize your safety and seek immediate medical attention. Secondly, consult with an attorney who specializes in violent crimes and premises liability to understand your rights and explore potential legal options. They can guide you through the legal process and fight for the justice and compensation you deserve.