All four counts of assault with a deadly weapon stem from the April 15, 2017 protest in Berkeley, with the first count naming Sean Stiles, which was the most highly publicized at the time since the attack was captured on camera, showing the U-Lock bike lock hitting Stiles in the head, and the after math until stiles was taken in for medical treatment.
The next named victim of another attack on the same day, was a Mr. Frank Carcich, and the two others listed as John Doe 1 & 2, all four attacked with a ULock bike lock in April 15, 2017.
In the first count they call it a violation of California penal code 245(a)(1), with other penal codes that were violated under the Spec Alleg- Great Bodily Injury as to defendant Eric Michael Clanton, listed as 12022.7(a) causing the above offense to become a serious felony within the meaning of penal code section 1192.7(c)(8). Listed under *Special Notice* the complain reads "This offense is a serious felony and a violent felony within the meaning of 1192.7(c)(8) and 667.5(c)(8).
*** 245. (a) (1) Any person who commits an assault upon the person of another with a deadly weapon or instrument other than a firearm shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or four years, or in a county jail for not exceeding one year, or by a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or by both the fine and imprisonment.
***12022.7. (a) Any person who personally inflicts great bodily injury on any person other than an accomplice in the commission of a felony or attempted felony shall be punished by an additional and consecutive term of imprisonment in the state prison for three years.
Two of the others are the legal definitions of Violent Offenses and Serious Felony Offenses.
In the second count, the reference to penal code 1170(h)(3) indicates that any prison term must be served in the state prison instead of the local county jail.
Clanton plead not guilty to all charges.
Also according to the complaint, when the authorities executed their search warrant, they found paraphernalia associating Clanton with "Anti-Fascist and Anarchy political groups." After arresting Clanton at his new Oakland address, the police also obtained a search warrant for the new address an found more evidence connecting Clanton to aforementioned violent political groups, including "flags, patches, pamphlets, indicia," as well a "U-Locks, sunglasses, a glove, jeans and facial coverings consistent with those possessed/worn by Clanton during thr assaults on 04-15-17."
Authorities also photographed Clanton's tattoo of an "Iron Front" which the complaint says is associated with Anti-Fascist circle.
(Image- Iron Front Antifascist Patch)
The pièce de résistance comes on the last page of the complaint embedded above, where it states "On 05-25-17, Detectives recovered photos from a camera recovered from Clanton's San Leandro address. The photos show Clanton taking photos of himself "selfies" with him wearing black clothing and facial coverings consistent with those he wore during the assaults on 04-15-17. Additional photos show Clanton posing next to Anarchy symbols.
Seriously? After being exposed by 4chan as the U-lock attacker, knowing he was under investigation, this Berkeley professor still kept all the evidence that could be used against him in court and took selfies????
And people wonder why college students across the country are like they are........these are the type of people teaching them and influencing them.
THE ARRAIGNMENT - CLANTON PRO-BONO PROGRESSIVE LAWYER GETS TROLLED
Clanton's lawyer, Dan Siegel, who took on the case for free, or pro-bono, managed to get Clanton's bailed reduced from $200,000 to $100,000 and the judge ordered Clanton to stay away from the victim, Sean Stiles. The next hearing is on June 14th.
After the arraignment, Siegel took questions from the crowd that was waiting outside, which included the good folks from The Red Elephant website, who filmed the exchange, as Trump supporters, wearing MAGA hats and holding a Kekistan flag, which the lawyer mistakenly called a "KKK" flag, to which hilarity ensued as members of the crowd told him he had been "trolled."
At one point, Rick Write, a contributor for The Red Elephants, asked Siegel "If he (Clanton) goes to jail, will this be the first time he moves out of his parent house?"
The question caused the crowd to erupt in laughter and join in on the fun. Siegel even appeared to have to turn away, as if he were holding in his laughter as well. Siegel at one point in the video accused Trump supporters of waving the “KKK flag” outside of the courthouse before the hearing. This of course was followed by more laughter, as the out-of-his-league lawyer clearly mistook the ‘Kekistan’ flag for a klan flag. This only caused additional trolling.
If convicted of all charges, and sentenced to the maximum amount of years, Clanton could spend more than a decade in a state prison, which is the ultimate irony since his political philosophy teaching was about "exploring restorative justice from an anti-authoritarian perspective," to which if convicted he will have much more to "explore" in that area.
While we have not seen any serious charges stemming from Antifa violence, especially in Berkeley, until now, perhaps the severity of these charges along with the penal code violations listed, is because this wasn't just investigated by the Berkeley police, but was headed up by the homicide investigative team due to the serious nature of the crimes committed, according to Berkeleyside.
We can only hope Clanton will be found guilty and sentenced to the maximum amount of years, and perhaps that will give the other Antifa thugs something to think about the next time they decide to riot and attack innocent people.
Below is a screen shot of the The Safe Street Project press release: