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Professor Who Assaulted Trump Supporters With U-shaped Bike Lock Arrested

The arrest of a former Diablo Valley College professor on Wednesday is connected to the use of a bike lock in the beating of three people during a rally for President Donald Trump last month, police said Thursday.

Eric Clanton remained in custody in lieu of $200,000 bail at Berkeley Jail on Thursday and will be arraigned Friday morning at 9 a.m. at Oakland's Wiley W. Manuel courthouse. He was arrested on three counts of suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon that isn't a firearm and assault causing great bodily injury.

In a statement Thursday, police acknowledged that video of the incident, captured by onlookers and posted on social media, helped them identify Clanton as the suspect behind several violent assaults that happened on April 15 during the demonstration at Civic Center Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

Police confirmed Clanton can be seen in videos hitting people in the head with a U-shaped bicycle lock. Three people received significant injuries because of the beatings, police said.

Read more at East Bay Times

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