Police in very liberal Berkeley, California and Portland, Oregon had to deal with violent Antifa folks over the weekend. Now, Berkeley has released names and headshots of individuals arrested during a Sunday protest, posting several of the pics and where the people were from on Twitter. And in doing so, the police earned the ire of Antifa and its far left allies.
From Daily Caller:
The Berkeley Police Department published the information for 15 out of 20 individuals it arrested on its Twitter feed to much criticism from left-wing activists, reported The Guardian.
Berkeley police’s tweets included arrested individuals’ names, ages, city of residence, as well as the charge on which they were arrested.
Here’s a couple of samples:
You can check out more here if you scroll down the Berkeley Police twitter thread.
Folks in the far left media protested the action on behalf of Antifa.
“Hey [Twitter Support], I thought doxing [sic] wasn’t allowed or is it just fine when a ghostskin [sic] does it from an official police account?” Huffington Post contributor Jesse Benn responded to the tweet detailing Gonzalez’s arrest.
When another Twitter user said that individuals not convicted of crimes will have their innocence reflected on public record, Benn replied “do you think the Berkeley pigs will tweet about that as well, dickhead?”
“This is very disturbing,” former Berkeley police review commissioner and current University of California law professor Veena Dubal told The Guardian. “It seems like a public-shaming exercise, which is not the role of the police department … they are making it really accessible for folks who might wish these people harm to locate them.”
It’s common practice to post information about people arrested in every community across the country.
You don’t want the spotlight? Don’t do the crime. Antifa goes to such rallies not just to ‘protest’ but with the specifically stated purpose of wanting to “punch Nazis.” And in that they pretty much include everyone who is not them, but especially people on the right and the police.
Criminal records are public records. They apparently want a ‘radical leftist exception.’
But that didn’t stop people from complaining.
The leftist National Lawyers Guild (those are the folks that you see in green hats at all leftist protests) whined that the police seemed to “target” the Antifa folks.
Um, yeah, when the Antifa folks are attacking the police with explosives, smashing Marine recruiting station windows and city vehicles, perhaps there’s a reason they’re being targeted?
Yvette Felarca the head of By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), a radical Antifa group, and a teacher at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, said that this ‘tactic’ would not stop the “resistance to fascism.”
And the Berkeley Democratic Mayor Jesse Arreguin, who himself has been accused of connection to BAMN, said he planned to talk to the police to discuss whether or not the practice was “appropriate.”
But the Berkeley police spokesman Byron White made it clear. “People are coming from out of town and bringing weapons and are committed to violence,” he said. “We don’t want people to be able to do that with anonymity.”
Good for the Berkeley police. Hopefully, they don’t get beaten down by the leftist politicians.