Berkeley, CA - Former Diablo Valley College professor Eric Clanton was arrested in Oakland on Wednesday, May 24, for assaulting three people at a pro-Trump rally last month.
The assaults occurred on April 15 during the rally at Civic Center Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Way. In a statement, police said that video of the incident taken by people in the crowd, and later posted on social media, helped in Clanton's identification.
On the video, a man later identified as Clanton can be seen 'hitting people in the head with a U-shaped bicycle lock.' Three people received "significant injuries" from the assaults. Homicide detectives conducted the investigation because of the seriousness of the injuries.
During the rally, terrorists who call themselves 'Antifa', attacked the pro-Trump supporters. Internet sleuths at 4Chan identified Clanton, prompting a call for his arrest. Until his arrest, Berkeley police had declined to comment is Clanton was even under investigation for what many are calling attempted murder.
DVC officials said that Clanton had taught there in the past, but did not teach there this past semester. He is listed as a lecturer with the California State University system and a philosophy instructor with the Contra Costa Community College District, according to 2015 and 2016 employee records.
“His work in political philosophy also centers on mass incarceration and the prison system,” Clanton’s former faculty page read, according to Breitbart. “He is currently exploring restorative justice from an anti-authoritarian perspective.”
Clanton has been charged with three counts of suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon that isn’t a firearm and assault causing great bodily injury, according to the East Bay Times.