Police arrest Calif. ethics prof. Eric Clanton for Antifa bikelock assaults at Berkeley protest

On Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Civic Center Park of Berkeley, California, a Patriots Rally by Trump supporters, including members of Oathkeepers, turned violent when radical leftists in black masks and black clothing, who call themselves Antifa (anti-fascists), launched a counter-rally and clashed with the patriots.

In a memo to Berkeley mayor and the City Council on the April 15 demonstration, Berkeley police chief Andrew Greenwood identified the Antifa as the instigators of violence. Greenwood wrote:

“On April 15, groups initially remained separated in the park. At one point, about three dozen ‘antifa’ entered the park over fencing, ultimately confronting demonstrators, and escalating violence, with fights and assaults breaking out.”

The day ended with eleven people being injured and the arrest of 20 people “for their roles in the violence at Civic Center Park”. The charges included assault with a deadly weapon, battery, and committing a criminal offense while wearing a mask. Authorities said at the time that they will pursue additional arrests as they “review social media and video footage”. (Source: Berkeleyside)

Meanwhile, citizen journalists and sleuths went to work, combing through videos and photos of the violent clash to unmask the Antifa thugs.

On April 19, five days after the clash, online sleuths of 4chan‘s /pol/ News Network and Rebel Media correspondent Jack Posobiec identified one of the masked Antifa rioters who had assaulted people with a bike-lock as a California college professor named Eric Clanton.

Among the people Clanton had assaulted with a bikelock on April 15 was this man in a red t-shirt (see below).

Here’s a video explaining how 4chan sleuths identified Eric Clanton as the bikelock thug:

Clanton claims to have an M.A. in Philosophy from San Francisco State University, and a B.A. in Philosophy from California State University, Bakersfield.

Clanton had taught philosophy at San Francisco State University. At the time of the April 15 riot, he was teaching at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA. Ironically, one of his teaching and research subjects is ethics.

His faculty profile at Diablo Valley College, now taken down, said:

Eric Clanton

Faculty – Philosophy, Pleasant Hill Campus

Eric has been teaching at DVC since 2015. He teaches introduction to philosophy with a background in teaching ethics, critical thinking, and comparative philosophy East/West. His primary research interests are ethics and politics. His work in political philosophy also centers on mass incarceration and the prison system. He is currently exploring restorative justice from an anti-authoritarian perspective.

After he was outed online, Clanton panicked. He scrubbed his social media, went underground and, pretending to ask for a friend, sought legal advice on Reddit (source: Dark Triad Man):

“My really good friend is being accused on social media of attacking someone at a protest and now his name is being smeared on social media. Does he have any recourse and can he be in any legal (civil or criminal) trouble because of these rumors?”

Yesterday, May 24, 2017, Berkeley police finally arrested Eric Clanton.

From Berkeleyside:

“Eric Clanton, a former teacher at Diablo Valley College, was arrested by Berkeley police . . . on suspicion of three counts of assault with a deadly weapon identified as a U-lock bike lock, and one of those assaults is alleged to have caused a significant injury. […]

Until Wednesday night, Berkeley investigators had declined to say whether they were looking into Clanton, despite the outcry online calling for his arrest. Wednesday, officers arrested him in Oakland at 12:15 p.m. He is being held at Berkeley Jail with a bail of $200,000, according to Alameda County sheriff’s office records online. Clanton, whose listed occupation is college professor, is scheduled for arraignment Friday. Police said they have identified three victims in the case. All three were struck in the head or neck with a bike lock, police said.”

Update:

Yesterday, May 26, Eric Clanton appeared in Alameda County Superior Court and was formally charged with four counts of assault with a deadly weapon, a felony, with the special allegation of causing great bodily injury to Sean Stiles. The charges include the misdemeanor offense of wearing a mask to evade identification. If convicted, Clanton could be sent to prison. (Read the full complaint here.)

Court papers reveal that Clanton struck at least seven people in the head. One person received a head laceration that required five staples to fix. Another was uninjured but had a piece of his helmet broken off. A third was struck across the neck and back, police said.

Clanton pleaded not guilty to all charges. Judge Thomas Nixon set bail at $100,000.

Clanton is represented by longtime “social justice” activist Dan Siegel whom Clanton had retained prior to his arrest. In a statement to the judge, Siegel justified Clanton’s violence by blaming so-called racists: “This case arises in the context of a demonstration by a group of loosely described out-of-town, right wingers… who uttered racist and homophobic comments and engaged in pushing and shoving” with counter-demonstrators. (Source: Berkeleyside, which closed this report to comments, contrary to the newsletter’s standard policy)

~Eowyn

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20 responses to “Police arrest Calif. ethics prof. Eric Clanton for Antifa bikelock assaults at Berkeley protest

  1. Hadenoughalready

    Excellent! But let’s not stop there. Let’s continue this ferreting until they all feel the sting of justice.
    And by the way: Anyone wearing a mask in the commission of ANY crime should be subject to summary execution. Enough of the games!

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    • Hadenoughalready . . . I have to admit I agree with you whole heartedly . . . “Anyone wearing a mask in the commission of ANY crime should be subject to summary execution. Enough of the games!”

      I am so grateful to all the “citizen sleuths” for the time and energy they put into not only this case, but other’s that they have been instrumental in helping to solve.

      This joker should be on the inside of a prison spouting his beliefs regarding jails and incarceration. The fact that he seriously injured three innocent people who happened to disagree with him. How I would love to have him “rubbing shoulders with Bubba and his crew” for a decade or more!

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      • Hadenoughalready

        I also believe that those involved in rioting, resulting in physical injury to persons and damage to infrastructure, should be reclassified as “domestic terrorism” and subject to mandatory minimum terms of imprisonment of no less than 5 years hard labor. This includes the implementation of chain gangs, thereby reducing the high costs of state labor.
        Actions MUST have consequences or there’s no point in the judicial system.
        Perhaps they’ll learn to “build” rather than destroy.

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  2. Hope he does time.

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  3. A Godzillion kudos to the sleuths at 4Chan! And it’s about time the Oinkers in California earned some of their (excessive) pay.

    And regardless of what commenter Adam Kokesh might think of me, I will state unequivocally that if I lived within 60 miles of Eric Clanton, he’d have had a fat lip, two black eyes, countless busted ribs, and been walking with crutches when the police arrested his sorry arse!

    I saw the alternative news sites which exposed Eric “Dumb As Ike” Clanton weeks ago. I truly would have paid him a little visit had it been possible.

    I’m a (Maverick) Christian, but I’m a really pissed off Christian! I wear my “Deplorable” T-shirts in Reno every chance I get. But nothing ever happens in Reno (“The Biggest Little Disappointment In The World”) and the Antifa scum NEVER instigate a fight with American Patriots unless they’re in a pack, like rabid animals. I’ve never had even one of them furrow their eyebrows at me… the communist cowards!!

    I look forward to the day a communist says shyt about one my “Deplorable” T-shirts! It will be instantly… ON!!!

    ~ D-FensDogG
    [Link:) Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews…

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  4. Ever notice how these Low life “COWARDS” always wear some kind of mask when they attend a counter rally? That tells me they are going there to cause trouble and to assault people at the rally and don’t want to be identified! If your at a rally and one of these cowards attacks you do your best to unmask them first so their faces can be caught on camera!

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  5. Helene Pineau

    I guess the irony of Clanton being an ‘ethics teacher’ who commits acts of violence on innocent people escapes his puny intellect. Good on 4Chan and their investigative work. May these arrests serve as a deterrent to these antifa thugs.

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  6. Pingback: KOMMONSENTSJANE – PROFESSOR ERIC CLANTON HAS SHAMED HIS FAMILY AND THE UNIVERSITY BY BECOMING A TERRORIST. | kommonsentsjane

  7. Antifa group shown resembles the Cultural Marxist media’s stereotype of fascists, such as those who defeated the commies in Spain’s so-called
    civil war. How ironic.
    Most community college instructors earn so little they are eligible for
    food stamps. Most are part-time and non-tenure track. They are
    losers with degrees. The riot was probably the best time Clanton
    had all year.

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  8. I read 4chan is going after Seth rich’s killer next. I pray them good hunting.

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  9. This does my heart good. Let’s hope they actually prosecute him and are not just going through the motion to silence the masses.

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  11. If ever a lyric were made for a twit dressing in all black, covering his face, purporting to fight fascism, then using chaos & violence to force others to succumb to his demands… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgSPaXgAdzE (“Soy, un perdedor, I’m a loser baby, so why don’t you kill me?”)

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  12. I sure hope Clanton serves the max on this one.

    People don’t understand: Education attracts a certain sort of criminal element, the intellectualized criminal. It attracts the leftist-progressive, the communist. They enjoy punishing those they consider to be inferior to them, namely, those who disagree with their agenda, their ideology.

    When I taught at Bushwick H.S., there was a teacher who held confabs with students. Everything was voluntary, of course. But he told these students that “everyone had to stand together.” He deputized them to hand out flyers to “Boycott this teacher,” to “Fire this teacher,” and to “Kill this teacher.” He got away with it because he remained ensconced in his “flesh cage,” in that no student would turn on him, and because the administration could not meet legal standards of proof. He also carried on like this, year after year, because he had other teachers acting as his spies and giving him intell.

    He also encouraged other students to give other teachers a hard time. One of those teachers was Yours Truly.

    He also got away with whatever he wanted to get away with because he enlisted some parents on his crusade, and because the administration lacked the GUTS to get rid of him.

    He was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party, and he published his diatribes and factoids about the fights he picked with other teachers in a NYC Communist-backed newspaper.

    Moral monsters like this are LEGION across America. They are able to hide in the shadows—the shadows of the Law. And they continue to skate beacuse parents and colleagues and administrators lack the GUTS to go after them. And there are other moral monsters in education, namely, those educators who seek to sexualize America’s children. It even goes on in Catholic and private schools.

    If and when Clanton goes to jail, he will continue his evil work there, too.

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  13. Can 4chan find out the leakers of classified material to NYTimes and WaPo?

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