Aaron Colen, The Blaze, August 6, 2018
The Berkeley Police Department in California posted the identities of arrested Antifa protesters on its Twitter feed after a Sunday “alt-right” rally, leading to accusations that the department is siding with far-right activists and targeting the left, according to The Guardian.
After about 20 people were arrested at a “No to Marxism in Berkeley” rally, most of them Antifa counterprotesters, the department publicized their names, photographs and cities of residence on social media.
At the Sunday rally, Berkeley police enforced new city rules that prohibited weapons or anything that can be used for a riot, as well as masks.
The result was a string of arrests made, many of them under the citation of “possession of a banned weapon” or “working with others to commit a crime.”
Antifa counter-protesters, known for often wearing masks, made up a majority of the arrests. While the imbalance could be a result of Antifa’s masks and the inherently disruptive nature of counter-protests, some feel it is a sign of animosity toward left-wing activists.
The Berkeley Police Department, through a spokesman, stood by the decision to publicly identify the arrested protesters.
“People are coming from out of town and bringing weapons and are committed to violence … We don’t want people to be able to do that with anonymity,” spokesman Byron White said.