A former East Bay college philosophy professor who was charged with four counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon, causing great bodily injury, has taken a deal resulting in three years of probation for an attack at a Berkeley protest last year, court records reveal.
Eric Clanton had been linked by police to violent assaults with a metal bike lock during a “free speech” rally in Berkeley on April 15, 2017. Before his arrest, Clanton had been “outed” online, on the website 4chan, as someone who used a bike lock to strike a man in the head. The assault was captured in a video clip (below) that drew widespread attention and anger after it was posted on YouTube.
According to Alameda County Superior Court records, Clanton entered a “no contest” plea Wednesday to one misdemeanor battery charge. The felony charges against him were dismissed, and an allegation that he had caused serious bodily injury was stricken. A misdemeanor charge that Clanton wore a mask during the commission of the crime also was dropped.
This is not a maybe case, not a “heat of the moment” case, not a “there was no real damage” case. This was a deliberate deadly force attack upon a non-aggressive person exercising his Freedom of Speech.
That all the major charges got dropped and he only gets probation and a misdemeanor is a sign for Antifa that they can legally get away with grave bodily harm and opening the doors to future deaths.
Next Berkeley rally is gonna get mighty interesting.
Hat Tip Sean S.