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A former community college professor and anti-fascist activist as part of a plea agreement, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault for allegedly hitting supporters of President Trump with a bicycle lock at a political rally in Berkeley last year.
Eric Clanton, 29, accepted the deal on Wednesday in the Alameda County Superior Court, his lawyer Daniel Siegal said. He was sentenced to three years of probation, which will end on Aug. 8, 2021, Berkleyside.com reported.
The Alameda County district attorney’s office initially charged Clanton with crimes for the beating of a number of pro-Trump protesters on the head with a bike lock during a “free speech” demonstration in the Civic Center Park in Berkeley on April 15, 2017. The attack was captured on camera and posted on YouTube.
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Siegel said medical records showed only an alleged victim sought medical treatment for a bruise smaller than a dime.
Last year, police searched Clanton’s apartment and seized flags, leaflets and other paraphernalia associated with Antifa, and anarchist movements. He was arrested after the search, Berkleyside.com reported.
The researchers said they “restored U-locks, a pair of sunglasses, a glove, a pair of jeans, and facial coverings in accordance with articles worn during the April 15 attacks,” the website reported, citing court documents. A camera in the residence also contained “selfies” taken by Clanton him wearing black clothing and face coverings, which are comparable with the person in the YouTube video. The phone records also showed Clanton was in the vicinity of the park on April 15, 2017.
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The police also found photos of Clanton “posing next to Anarchy symbols,” and he was described as having an “Iron Front” tattoo “is associated with the Anti-Fascists,” the court documents stated.
Clanton learned on the Diablo Valley College in 2015 and 2016. He has been arrested in connection with other demonstrations, police said. He was arrested in 2014 during a Black Lives Matter protest on “suspicion of committing a public nuisance” and “deliberately and maliciously” blocking a street, sidewalk or other public place,” police said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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