Thursday, May 25, 2017
Philosophy Professor Arrested as Berkeley Antifa Bike Lock Attacker
Eric Clanton, 28, a former Diablo Valley and San Francisco State University philosophy professor, suspected in Antifa bike lock attacks during an April free speech rally in Berkeley, was arrested for the attacks Wednesday afternoon in Oakland.
Police said they have identified three victims in the case. All three were struck in the head or neck with a bike lock, police said.
Clanton was initially “outed” as the attacker, following sleuthing work by participants on the altright website 4chan.
Clanton is being held on $200,000 bail after being booked into Berkeley City Jail.
“His work in political philosophy … centers on mass incarceration and the prison system,” his Diablo Valley faculty page entry read, though it has since been taken down. “He is currently exploring restorative justice from an anti-authoritarian perspective.”
In a March 2016 college lecture at Fort Lewis College, Clanton defended theft to students—stating that property law was “problematic,” further elaborating that shoplifting may be a political act.
Last summer, Clanton contributed to the left-leaning publication Counterpunch, where he defended Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of murdering a Philadelphia police officer 30 years ago.
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