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Bay Area Bike Lock Deadly Weapon Violent Assault Prof Gets 3-Year Probation, $250 Fine

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, 30 hours community service, and a fine of $250 for an attack at a Berkeley protest last year, court records reveal.

Alameda County Superior Court records show that 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.

Clanton's three years of probation begin Wednesday and last through Aug. 8, 2021.

Police said, previously, that Clanton attacked at least three people with a metal U-lock during the April 15 rally in and around Civic Center Park. Court papers later revealed that Clanton struck at least seven people in the head, according to authorities. One person received a head laceration that required five staples to fix. Another was uninjured but had a piece of a helmet broken off. A third was struck across the neck and back, police wrote.

Police wrote that they had found evidence last year during a search of Clanton's home in San Leandro linking him to "Anti-Fascists and Anarchy political groups," according to court papers. He was not home when police arrived, so officers moved to a second address in West Oakland where they said they found flags, patches and pamphlets "associating Clanton" with antifa and anarchist groups. Investigators arrested Clanton there.

Detectives said they "recovered U-locks, sunglasses, a glove, jeans, and facial coverings" consistent with items worn during the April 15 assaults, according to court documents. And a camera found at the San Leandro home contained "selfies" taken by Clanton, police said, "with him wearing black clothing and facial coverings" consistent with April 15.
 link to www.berkeleyside.com

Eric Clanton takes 3-year probation deal in Berkeley rally bike lock assault case

By Emilie Raguso Aug. 8, 2018, 2:14 p.m.

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A man police allege to be Eric Clanton holding a bike lock, April 15, 2017. Photo: Citizen reporter
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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.

Wednesday, Clanton was supposed to have had his preliminary hearing, where a judge decides whether there's enough evidence in a case for it to move ahead to trial. Instead, there was no hearing, and information about Clanton's plea deal became available online.

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.

Clanton's three years of probation begin Wednesday and last through Aug. 8, 2021.

Police said, previously, that Clanton attacked at least three people with a metal U-lock during the April 15 rally in and around Civic Center Park. Court papers later revealed that Clanton struck at least seven people in the head, according to authorities. One person received a head laceration that required five staples to fix. Another was uninjured but had a piece of a helmet broken off. A third was struck across the neck and back, police wrote.

Police wrote that they had found evidence last year during a search of Clanton's home in San Leandro linking him to "Anti-Fascists and Anarchy political groups," according to court papers. He was not home when police arrived, so officers moved to a second address in West Oakland where they said they found flags, patches and pamphlets "associating Clanton" with antifa and anarchist groups. Investigators arrested Clanton there.

Detectives said they "recovered U-locks, sunglasses, a glove, jeans, and facial coverings" consistent with items worn during the April 15 assaults, according to court documents. And a camera found at the San Leandro home contained "selfies" taken by Clanton, police said, "with him wearing black clothing and facial coverings" consistent with April 15.

Police said in court documents that Clanton's phone records placed him near Civic Center Park during the time of the protest assaults, too.

Police wrote that other photos they found showed Clanton "posing next to Anarchy symbols." An "Iron Front" tattoo on his bicep, photographed while he was being logged into jail, "is associated with Anti-Fascists," too, according to court papers.

Sometime before his arrest, police said Clanton tried to discuss the April 15 assaults with staff at Diablo Valley College — where he taught in 2015 and 2016 — and "never stated he wanted to proclaim his innocence." He retained attorney Dan Siegel prior to his arrest and designated Siegel as his representative, police wrote.

When he was taken into custody last year, Clanton "immediately invoked his rights to an attorney" and declined to be interviewed by police, according to court papers.
A man police allege to be Eric Clanton holding a bike lock, April 15, 2017. Photo: Citizen reporter

It wasn't the first time Clanton had been arrested in connection with East Bay demonstrations, police said last year. On Jan. 9, 2014, the California Highway Patrol in Oakland arrested him at Highway 24 and Interstate 980 during a Black Lives Matter protest on suspicion of committing a "public nuisance," and "willfully and maliciously" blocking a street, sidewalk or other public place. Both are misdemeanors. Police reported no charges in that case, however, or any prior convictions.

Berkeleyside has attempted to reach Clanton's attorney and the Alameda County district attorney's office for comment. This story will be updated if that information becomes available.


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See Also —-

Bay Area Prof Arraigned For Violent Assaults On Trump Supporters With Bike Lock, $200K Bail
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2017/05/434759.shtml

Bay Area Bike Lock Assault Prof Hearing Postponed To Sept. 28th, Makes Statement
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2017/08/434979.shtml

homepage: homepage: http://www.berkeleyside.com/2018/08/08/eric-clanton-takes-3-year-probation-deal-in-berkeley-rally-bike-lock-assault-case


Lol 08.Aug.2018 19:24

Fuck You

Why do you still suck, Underscore?

PLAIN AS DAY 09.Aug.2018 09:57

Changing Shirts

Here on Indymedia underscore relentlessly criticises anti fascists (Antifa) and makes fun of them

Its obvious that he is demoralizing the struggle and those on the front lines

And despite a few comments underscore claims to direct against WN he spends mass amount of time shit talking Antifa

I doubt he is on the Gibson WN sites chastising thme

Underscore is a tool for the white supremacists, his own words here on imc define him and show his true colors

"demoralizing the struggle" — Lol. 09.Aug.2018 16:11

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ok so now Rose City Antifa, Eugene Antifa et al. don't have Big Enough Britches to stand up for themselves and their own actions, decisions?

They are somehow "demoralized" by Pitchers on the Internetz?


When did Portland's African American community, ever specifically *ask* for (or even obtain...) assistance from The Big Brave White Boys of Rose City Antifa, Eugene Antifa et al. ?



Did you ever think of Getting A Life and stop shooting your own selves in the foot,

you middle class White Boy ****tard?



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On Rhetoric And Strategy In Social Justice And Leftist Spaces:
The Switch To 'Calling Out'
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/07/432730.shtml
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/11/433786.shtml#448760
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It is time to check privilege checking. D'Arcy discusses the concept of privilege throughout his piece and how the shift towards examining interpersonal communications and relationships has enhanced the visibility of checking people on their acquired privileges. This has its place without a doubt; people have to realize that humanity is more of an ongoing dialectic rather than particular blocks of time existing in one vacuum or the other, and the particular qualities about one's life is in many ways dependent on how that dialectic has shaken out for their community of origin. So yes, people should be made aware of how their privilege manifests in its various forms. But how do we do that? An article originally written for The Daily Mississippian that was reprinted for TIME's Ideas section seems to suggest one way that is growing in popularity: simply tell a person "check your privilege" and then wipe your hands of the situation. After all, it is now their problem, right? And you do not have time to educate anyone, because what do you look like? Google? That approach is cathartic, self-satisfying, and it even gets you pub in an international news outlet! But does it really do anything more than that?

Do you remember the last time someone so harshly dismissed you? Did it make you any more likely to listen to anything that person had to say? Yeah, me neither.

As D'Arcy puts it, "There is a certain optimism in the idea of 'consciousness-raising,' or the concept of 'the people,' that seems naive and unconvincing to many of today's activists. The shift from 'consciousness-raising' to 'calling out,' for instance, reflects (and encourages) a loss of confidence in the capacity of people to learn about, understand and oppose forms of inequality that do not adversely impact them as individuals."

Ngoc Loan Tran suggested a different format of corrective suggestion that they termed as "calling in", where we approach those who transgress with the kind of humanity that we feel they lacked in their actions. While recognizing that calling out can still be of importance, Tran also recognizes the consequences of implementing that particular strategy in every situation. Tran, however, limits this practice to those we care about and share community with, since a rupture there can obviously have a profound effect on our efficacy as organizers (and if Tran did not make that clear, Mia McKenzie erases all doubt about the intended audience in a postscript). I love the concept, but disagree with the narrowness of scope: this should really be standard operating procedure amongst leftists. We have to recognize the difference between a mistake, a difference of opinion, and an action undertaken with harmful intent, and broadening the concept of "calling in" outside of our particular circles begins the process of doing that.



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 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/08/436546.shtml


The New York Times defends its editor Sarah Jeong after racist tweets come to light

By Hiram Lee
World Socialist Web Site
8 August 2018

The cover story presented by Jeong and the Times is simply not credible. Nothing about these tweets reads like satire. They are racist comments that contain all the viciousness one has come to expect from those affluent, upper-middle class layers obsessed with race and gender. The New York Times plays a leading role in disseminating and legitimizing such views.

It apologizes for Jeong's anti-white rants but shows no such solicitude for people caught up in the #MeToo witch-hunt, for the most part on the basis of unverified allegations of sexual harassment or abuse. There the Times generally takes the position that the accused is guilty by virtue of having been charged.

Identity politics, which claims society is organized for the benefit of so-called cis-gender white men, strips racism of its social and historical content and obscures the class nature of society.

The politics of race and gender are used as a wedge by a section of affluent African-American and other minority professionals to gain leverage against their white or male competitors in the marketplace in order to obtain a greater share of the wealth controlled by the top ten percent of society.

These politics acquire more venom and become more aggressively right-wing under conditions in which clear signs of the reemergence of class struggle begin to appear. The most noxious expression of this has been the #MeToo campaign spearheaded by the Times. As this hysterical, anti-democratic campaign makes clear, these upper middle-class layers are prepared to employ the most right-wing, anti-democratic maneuvering to open up new and lucrative pathways for themselves.

They are in large part ruthless social climbers, seething with petty resentments and professional jealousies, who cynically cloak their ambition with a phony concern for racial and gender equality. In reality, the more diverse corporate boardrooms they demand will do nothing to improve the lives of workers, whatever their ethnicity or sexual orientation.

Moreover, identity politics are used by these layers in an effort to sabotage the development of an independent movement of the working class against capitalism. Widespread class solidarity uniting workers in a common struggle across all ethnic, national and linguistic boundaries, and the development of socialist consciousness, present a direct threat to the material interests of these layers.






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Identity politics, which claims society is organized for the benefit of so-called cis-gender white men, strips racism of its social and historical content and obscures the class nature of society.
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Lol 09.Aug.2018 18:08

Fuck you

Why does Underscore still suck? Feeling a bit sensitive are we there, Undie?

Laughed out load at Undie's level of immaturity (surprise!) and laughed twice as hard at the pic of Undie's dildo collection! Hilarious. Ultimate selfie.

And actually, I am not a fan of sucking on latex. Prefer the real deal. But then, that's just me.

And oh yeah, Undie is quite obviously fash as fuck.

"Undie is quite obviously fash as fuck. " 09.Aug.2018 19:03

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You haven't the slightest idea what/how/who I am.


And you ought to shut the **** up but —

who the **** am I to restrict your freedom of speech?


( no matter — you'll be dusted to the curb some day as is only proper for a pile of rotting trash such as yourself. )

Rose City Antifa / Eugene Antifa are experts at restriction of speech.

"Identity politics, which claims society is organized for— 09.Aug.2018 19:26

Hiram Lee

—the benefit of so-called cis-gender white men, strips racism of its social and historical content and obscures the class nature of society."

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/08/436546.shtml#453574

Antifas ARE The Fascists 10.Aug.2018 02:15

blues

I suppose there are some Antifas who are not complicit in the Black Bloc style fascist aggression we have seen at some of the demonstrations in opposition to the anti-progressive (and mostly racist) demonstrations. But they certainly tend to use agent provocateur violence. I think they probably are, at some level, controlled by the George Soros conspiracy. I have been saying forever that any group larger than about seven individuals is bound to become controlled by establishment infiltrators.

Tactful, and not agent provocateur violent anti-demonstrations, would actually be effective. Legitimate anti-protesters will presumably shun riots. So the "Antifas" have actually been conducive to the anti-progressive demonstrations.

Of course, the "identity politics" is just a Dem Party meme to distract from the wealth/power divide, which is the true source of inequality.

if Antifa would get back to fighting globalist corporatism a la Seattle 1999 10.Aug.2018 12:16

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we'd be in league together.

but they don't (anymore) so we won't.

Hey Undie - I know you are, but what am I? 10.Aug.2018 18:34

Fuck You

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"Neene neener neener" — speaks for itself 11.Aug.2018 02:37

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run out of things to say....

no, because you never had any to begin with.

Yo Undie 11.Aug.2018 08:27

Fuck You

Oh, no. I have much more to say.

And here's what everyone but you (c'mon yo! You are not even trying!)has figured out: Neener is posted specifically to mirror your adolescent immaturity, lack of intellect and complete tunnel vision. Like how you post this bike lock assault committed by someone on the left in your feeble attempt to paint all leftists as violent.

Such a joker you are! You are also an acutely uninformed idiot.

"You are also an acutely uninformed idiot." <— 'Fuck You' self-describes. 11.Aug.2018 09:31

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wake us all up when 'Fuck You' provides actual content.

RE: "post this bike lock assault committed by someone on the left"— 11.Aug.2018 09:53

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apparently, someone's Jimmies have been Rustled by the Factual news reports of a person who was charged with four counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury?

Somehow (whatever/never mind their political affiliation) this person's actions — which have been specifically recognized and evaluated in the legal system as felonious violent assaults targeted on other human beings — were "justified" according to someone commenting here on Portland Indymedia by screen name of 'Fuck You'?


Lol, indeed.


p.s. "committed by someone on the left", RE: "on the left" He's just a self-deluded Goon Squad Thug now. Philosophy prof was Bruce Wayne, legend-in-his-own-mind? Taking a U-Lock to a street protest and bashing people over the head with it (to later be charged with 4Χ violent felony assaults) is not 'political action' of *any* left/right/blah-blah-blah orientation — it's just STUPIDITY.

Undie not even trying 11.Aug.2018 12:15

Fuck You

Well yeah, but donsha know, you did not post an article about someone on the right being violent, now did ya there Skippy?




















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Plus, you make it too easy and I am pretty bored with you for now.












Catch ya later!! Cuz you'll be back and so will I!

RE: "someone on the right" = Whataboutism. 11.Aug.2018 14:35

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who the **** cares? ***K _you_. Antifa = WHITE MALES.

go ahead and post the stories of "right wing" violent act legal Charges, and Convictions. FIND AND POST THEM HERE.

(furthermore) where exactly do you draw the line?


Anaheim Anti-Fa Charged After Attacking KKK / WNs In Counter-Protest
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/07/432633.shtml

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Seven counter-protesters have been charged with attacking members of the Ku Klux Klan during a so-called "White Lives Matter" rally that turned into a bloody February melee in Anaheim, prosecutors said Thursday. They are: Hugo Contreras, 28, of Hawthorne; Randy Felder, 26, of Lakewood; Guy Harris, 20, of Anaheim; Mark Liddell, 26, of Los Angeles; Armando Ortiz, 22, of Santa Ana; Nicole Schop, 24, of Los Angeles; and Alexis Solis, 23, identified as a transient.

The demonstrators were all charged with misdemeanor assault or battery or resisting arrest, according to a statement issued by the Orange County district attorney's office.

"This case is not about who was holding the protest rally, their racist message, or who was counter-protesting. This is about the mob mentality turning violent, which shut down neighboring streets, access to the park, and endangered the community as a whole," Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas said in a statement. "Our office does not condone any message of hate, mob violence, or vigilante justice."
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White Males Conduct, Orchestrate Vandalism / Property Destruction In Downtown Portland
10.Nov.2016 23:24
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/11/433701.shtml


Memphis BLM Activist Arrested For Domestic Assault Of Ex-Girlfriend
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/08/432945.shtml

^ these are but mere examples