Battle at Berkeley: 23 Arrests Made at Pro-Trump Rally Saturday
The Alameda County Sheriff's Office has reported 23 arrests as a result of Saturday's protest at an alt-right rally about certain political hot-button issues. Needless to say, things got fairly heated.
Early afternoon on the day before Easter, a large sum of Trump supporters and alt-righters gathered at the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park to pontificate their controversial social and political standings.
(Honestly, the fact that an openly racist cohort of individuals met at a park named after the godfather of civil rights is enough comedic fodder to fuel an entire stand-up routine at the Punchline.)
Not to anyone's surprise, Trump supporters were quickly met with an equally effusive counter-protest of people who didn't seem to share their xenophobic and anti-feminist values. Within the span of an hour, 200 open-minded inclusionists bonded in solidarity to end the less-than-popular displays of exclusivity.
What started out as simple verbal taunts and finger gestures quickly escalated to fist fights and blatant battery; a stabbing was even reported by police on the scene.
The arrests of more than 20 individuals quickly followed.
"The charges include arrests for assault with a deadly weapon and several other felony assaults," said police officials in a public announcement around Saturday's fracas, asking for anyone with video of the events to please come forward.
In the days following, more arrests are believed to occur as additional evidence comes to light.