Only one arrest, at most, made at Berkeley protest

Anthony Gockowski
Investigative Reporter

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  • A protest against Milo Yiannopoulos at UC Berkeley turned violent Wednesday night, with protesters even throwing explosives at police officers, but, incredibly, only one arrest has been reported.
  • Wednesday night’s riots at the University of California, Berkeley quickly turned violent, with some agitators even throwing explosives at police officers, yet it appears not a single arrest was made.

    In fact, according to a university press release issued the night of the riots, “no arrests had been made by UCPD as of 9:30 p.m.,” with other outlets reporting the following morning that still no arrests had been made throughout the night.

    “No arrests had been made by UCPD as of 9:30 p.m.”   

    One local news outlet did, however, report that Berkeley police had made just one arrest throughout the night, even though the school’s police department labeled the protest a “violent demonstration” that required “additional resources” to control.

    [RELATED: UC Berkeley ensures chancellor can escape student protesters]

    In one instance, masked protesters were recorded throwing fireworks at police officers, and others were shown vandalizing school property that eventually caught on fire, even firebombing the location where the event was set to take place.

    Another video shows a female Trump supporter being pepper sprayed after concluding an interview with a local news outlet, and yet another video captured a Milo supporter being beaten unconscious with a metal pole.

    Still, reports at the time of publication show that no more than a single protester was arrested during Wednesday night’s violence.

    [RELATED: Berkeley riots lay bare liberal hypocrisy on free speech]

    Berkeley’s Police Chief, Margo Bennett, told NBC News Wednesday night that she was not aware of any arrests made by the department, saying her “officers exercised tremendous restraint.”

    Campus Reform reached out multiple times to the school’s Media Relations Office, its police department, and the local police department for further details, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

    This article will be updated if and when further information is received.

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    Anthony Gockowski

    Anthony Gockowski

    Investigative Reporter

    Anthony Gockowski is an Investigative Reporter for Campus Reform. He has previously worked for The Daily Caller, Intercollegiate Review, and The Catholic Spirit.

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