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Berkeley Police Allowed Antifa to Jump Barricade, Assault Demonstrators

Berkeley police deliberately allowed masked “Antifa” anarchists to jump a barricade and attack a demonstration by a peaceful right-wing group on Sunday, leading to five assaults, including on Patriot Prayer group leader Joey Gibson.
The counter-demonstration had reportedly been “largely peaceful” until that point.

The police later defended their decision by arguing that keeping the anarchists out would have led to greater violence. There was “no need for a confrontation over a grass patch,” Berkeley police chief Andrew Greenwood said, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

The original “No to Marxism” protest had been denied a permit by the city, but a small group of protesters showed up anyway, as did 2,000 “largely peaceful” counter-demonstrators, the Mercury News reported. reported that there were 400 police on hand to prevent violence. But they stepped aside, the Mercury News reported, when over 100 masked anarchists “busted through police lines, avoiding security checks by officers to take away possible weapons.”

The result was several severe beatings of those who had gathered to protest against Marxism. Thirteen of the anarchists were arrested, the Chronicle reported.

The Los Angeles Times reported the violence as if it had simply been spontaneous, and involved both sides: “Violence breaks out at Berkeley protest,” its headline read.

But the Mercury News report, citing Berkeley law enforcement authorities directly, made it clear that police knew that “Antifa” intended to cause violence, and allowed it to happen:

Berkeley police chief Andrew Greenwood defended how police handled the protest, saying they made a strategic decision to let the anarchists enter to avoid more violence.

Greenwood said “the potential use of force became very problematic” given the thousands of peaceful protesters in the park. Once anarchists arrived, it was clear there would not be dueling protests between left and right so he ordered his officers out of the park and allowed the anarchists to march in.

The Associated Press corroborated that report: “Berkeley Police Chief Andrew Greenwood said officers were told not to actively confront the anarchists. He applauded officers’ restraint, saying it forestalled greater violence.”

The names of the 13 arrested were published by

Gibson’s demonstration in San Francisco on Saturday was canceled amidst threats of violence and efforts by authorities to make it more difficult for Patriot Prayer to hold their event.

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  2. Vicky

    August 28, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    It’s amazing that WE, the Trump supporters, were called DEPLORABLE. I guess the only word left to describe Obama and Clinton followers is DESPICABLE. Of course, you know these money whore police were PAID to allow this, just like in Charlottesville. The police of chief ADMITTING this publiclyy STILL DID NOT DRAW THE ATTENTION OF THE FBI. If you wonder how many entities are in the Clinton’s pockets, just pay attention to what you SEE AND HEAR….Nothing but despicable losers….

  3. tim krause

    August 28, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Just as they did in CHARLOTTESVILLE and BERKELEY earlier in the year! SO, DOJ do your job. GOP arrest GEORGE SOROS. DOESN’T America know that SOROS IS THE ONLY REAL NAZI from working with the SS during WWII as a young teen!!!!!!!!

  4. June Wilson

    August 28, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    I read this morning that the police arrested a woman who was attacking a non-violent protester in Berkeley and were going after the Antifa violent group..Which is it???????

  5. Sal belardo

    August 28, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    They say you sue a ham sandwich so why not sue the Berkeley Police and chief Andrew Greenwood personally! The police Chief gave the order to let ANTIFA go after the peaceful protesters! Dereliction of duty! Sounds like he was on ANTIFA side!

  6. Enough

    August 28, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Those so called “Police” officer at that good for nothing school need to all be relieved of duty and the Chief brought up on charges for neglecting to do his job. Sounds like someone slipped him some cash under the table to look the other way. One of these days the PEOPLE will be out there bashing in the heads of these Antifa terrorist criminals leaving them as fatalities on the ground as they should be.

  7. ttucker

    August 28, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    the justice department can’t do anything about this stuff how about some human rights violations for everybody

  8. ttucker

    August 28, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    stupid jerk needs to be fired if you can’t protect everybody then you need to be prosecuted for not doing your job.

  9. ttucker

    August 28, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    greenwood is an ANTIFA wus

  10. robert g bernardini

    August 28, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    What a shock Zionist Jerry Brown he should be deported to China who he has a love affair with Kick the SOB out of the country revoke citizenship . Hollywood and the Music industry is run by pedophiles and Satan worshipers . Thats a fact just look at the MK Ultra Disney connection along with the CIA If somehow someway Trump could take down the CIA make them null and void the world would be a much better place . Most people don’t know about Walt Disney he was a russian agent . The Nazi’s did not lose the war far from it they just came here and started NASA . The Royal family The Windsors are all Nazi descendants throw in the The Roman Catholic church Pope Francis the child sex trafficker . The Nazi’s is the equivalent of the DNC they have infiltrated The education system so now the last 30 years of indoctrination is what you are seeing today in the majority of Professors of today whether it be Cal Berkeley or Harvard trying to bring down the country and make it a Socialist nation..

  11. Phyllis Heller

    August 28, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    How do you allow masked anarchists through a barricade. Police weapons should have been drawn and fire shots in the air if necessary to make sure the anarchists leave. We cannot tolerate these hateful groups which are probably being run by Obama, Soros and cronies

    You had a chance to stand up for right and took the wrong course. Shame on you..

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