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Bay Area Prof Arraigned For Violent Assaults On Trump Supports With Bike Lock, $200K Bail

In a statement Thursday, police acknowledged that video of the incident, captured by onlookers and posted on social media, helped them identify former Diablo Valley College professor Eric Clanton as the suspect behind "several violent assaults" that happened April 15 during the demonstration at Civic Center Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

Police confirmed Clanton can be seen in videos hitting people in the head with a U-shaped bicycle lock. Three people received "significant injuries" because of the beatings, police said.

On Friday afternoon Clanton was charged with four counts of felony assault with enhancements alleging that he caused great bodily injury. He also was charged with wearing a mask during commission of a crime, a misdemeanor. He pleaded not guilty to the felony charges.

Clanton has been in jail in lieu of $200,000 bail since his arrest Wednesday in connection with the April incident, which occurred during protests at Civic Center Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
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Former professor suspected in Berkeley bike-lock attack enters plea in Oakland court

By Malaika Fraley |  mfraley@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group
PUBLISHED: May 26, 2017 at 3:00 pm | UPDATED: May 27, 2017 at 10:37 am

OAKLAND - A former Diablo Valley College professor accused of assaulting several people with a heavy bike lock at a pro-Trump rally last month in Berkeley pleaded not guilty Friday afternoon to felony charges.

Eric Clanton, 28, was charged with four counts of felony assault with enhancements alleging that he caused great bodily injury. He also was charged with wearing a mask during commission of a crime, a misdemeanor.

Clanton has been in jail in lieu of $200,000 bail since his arrest Wednesday in connection with the April incident, which occurred during protests at Civic Center Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

During Clanton's arraignment at Oakland's Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse, the courtroom was crowded with media and protesters. At the start, Judge Thomas Nixon announced that the court had learned someone was live-streaming the proceedings over the internet. Nixon warned the courtroom would be cleared if he could confirm that.

Clanton's attorney, Dan Siegel, told the judge he was being followed, and that he and his client had received threats.

In a statement Thursday, police acknowledged that a video of the incident, shot by onlookers and posted on social media, helped them identify Clanton as the suspect behind "several violent assaults" during the April 15 demonstration at Civic Center Park.

Police confirmed Clanton can be seen in videos hitting people in the head with a U-shaped bicycle lock; three of them sustained "significant injuries," police said.

Homicide detectives handled the investigation because of the seriousness of the assaults, police said. Clanton was taken into custody without incident Wednesday at an unspecified Oakland location; investigators also had a warrant for an unspecified San Leandro address. During a search at the Oakland address, detectives recovered evidence associating Clanton with anti-Fascist and anarchist political groups.

Clanton was arrested in January 2014 during a protest on Highway 24 in Oakland, according to court documents.







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Bay Area college professor used U-shaped bike lock in beating, police say

Alleged Antifa bike lock attacker Eric Clanton held in Berkeley jail

By George Kelly |  gkelly@bayareanewsgroup.com and Rick Hurd |  rhurd@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group
PUBLISHED: May 24, 2017 at 8:02 pm | UPDATED: May 27, 2017 at 10:33 am

BERKELEY A former Diablo Valley College professor was arrested Wednesday in connection with the use of a bike lock in the beating of three people during a rally for President Donald Trump last month, police said Thursday.

Eric Clanton remained in custody in lieu of $200,000 bail at Berkeley Jail on Thursday and is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday at Oakland's Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse. He was arrested on three counts of suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon that isn't a firearm and assault causing great bodily injury.

In a statement Thursday, police acknowledged that video of the incident, captured by onlookers and posted on social media, helped them identify Clanton as the suspect behind "several violent assaults" that happened April 15 during the demonstration at Civic Center Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

Police confirmed Clanton can be seen in videos hitting people in the head with a U-shaped bicycle lock. Three people received "significant injuries" because of the beatings, police said.

Homicide detectives handled the investigation because of the seriousness of the assaults, police said. Investigators served warrants Wednesday at unspecified addresses in San Leandro and Oakland, the latter of which is where authorities took Clanton into custody.

He surrendered without incident, police said.

Conservative websites celebrated the arrest as a victory against so-called anti-fascist groups. Conservative groups of Trump supporters fought with anti-Trump protesters self-described as anti-fascists or "antifa" during the rally.

The website 4chan posted video of the attack several days after it happened, showing someone hitting another person over the head with the U-shaped bike lock. The video also was posted by several outlets on YouTube.

A former DVC staff directory on its web page said Clanton has worked at the school since 2015, teaching an "introduction to philosophy with a background in teaching ethics, critical thinking, and comparative philosophy East/West" with "primary research interests" of ethics and politics. Although he taught part time at DVC in the past, he was not employed there this semester, DVC officials said.

He earned a bachelor's degree at California State University, Bakersfield. He also earned a master's degree at San Francisco State in philosophy in 2015, and was only employed there during his time as a student, SFSU officials said.

Employee records for 2015 and 2016 listed Clanton as a lecturer with the California State University system and a philosophy instructor with the Contra Costa Community College District, according to Transparent California.