Former Professor Arrested in Beating at Berkeley Trump Rally

Evan Sernoffsky, SF Gate, May 25, 2017

A 28-year-old former East Bay community college professor was arrested for a brutal bike-lock attack amid a clash between President Trump supporters and radical left demonstrators last month in Berkeley, officials said Thursday.

Video of the April 15 assault exploded on right-wing websites in the days following the clash as scores of cybersleuths began identifying Eric Clanton as the masked man seen bashing a Trump backer in the head, causing serious bleeding.

Eric Clanton (left) and his victim (right).

Clanton was arrested early Wednesday morning in Oakland and booked in the Berkeley Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon that is not a firearm. He is being held on $200,000 bond and is due in court at 9 a.m. Friday.

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Video of the attack on YouTube shows a masked assailant in a black hoodie emerge from a group of protesters and clobber an unwitting man in the head. {snip}

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Clanton was listed in 2016 as an adjunct professor at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, where he taught philosophy. School officials said in a statement on Facebook that Clanton is not “a current employee of the Contra Costa Community College District.”

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