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A former Diablo Valley College professor who used a bike lock to assault seven Trump supporters at a free speech rally last August will only receive three years of probation as part of a plea deal.

Eric Clanton, a former philosophy professor at Diablo Valley College, will receive only a three-year probation for his assault on Trump supporters at a Berkeley Free Speech rally in August 2017. Clanton was captured on video smashing a Trump supporter’s head with a bike lock. His victim ultimately fell to the ground, covered in his own blood.


Court documents revealed that Clanton struck at least seven people in the head at the Berkeley free speech rally on April 15, 2017. One of his victims had a head laceration that required five staples to fix. Clanton was initially charged with four counts of felony assault.

During a search of Clanton’s home, investigators found documents that linked him to local Antifa groups. Investigators also found bike locks and clothing that were similar to the items used by the assailant in the assault video that was published online. Additional,y, cell phone tower data placed Clanton close to the location of the assaults on the date they took place.

Clanton entered into a plea agreement on Wednesday for a misdemeanor battery charge. All felony charges against Clanton were dismissed. A charge against Clanton for wearing a mask during the assault was also dropped as a result of the plea deal.

Currently, there is speculation on social media that the plea deal was made in exchange for information on Antifa members in the area, but there has been no official statement or information released to back up that claim.

Breitbart News covered Clanton’s story in August 2017 when it was revealed that a Bay area professor was behind the vicious attacks that took place in April 2017. In late December, Breitbart News ranked Clanton’s attacks as the second craziest campus story of the year. At the time that that list was published, Clanton had only been accused of carrying out the one attack that had been captured on camera.



  1. Tony Vollenberg

    August 10, 2018 at 5:35 am

    As usual the Democrats supporters are nuts…they are not law abiding citizens…

    • Joseph

      August 10, 2018 at 8:20 am

      What a mockery of justice. These liberals are going to create the late 1800’s vigilantes again if they don’t start punishing the criminals instead of the victims. Sooner rather than latter the victims will fight back and the judges and lawyers will be the first casualties. If the laws don’t work the people will and the corrupt judges will be held accountable.

  2. DT

    August 10, 2018 at 6:14 am

    How about publishing his home address so someone can strike the home with a little jewish lightning.

  3. Joseph Vigue

    August 10, 2018 at 6:18 am

    If I was the guy with the knock on the head, I would bring a civil suit against that asshole and make sure he was one POOR dumb libturd asshole son of a bitch before I was done!

    • Charlene

      August 10, 2018 at 7:04 am

      Yep, make him pay!

  4. pjt

    August 10, 2018 at 6:41 am

    Why would there be a plea deal. There is a video showing him doing it.

    • Tim Rollins

      August 10, 2018 at 7:07 am

      He must’ve flipped and given up NAMES; if he lies or otherwise fudges on the deal, it’s off, and the bastard should get FIVE CONSECUTIVE SENTENCES of 25-to-LIFE for ATTEMPTED MURDER ONE, with the NO PAROLE FLAG in his file, and the sentencing judge videotaping a sworn deposition opposing this predatory animal’s parole applications under any circumstances!!!

  5. Louis Galmarini

    August 10, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Good, he’s out in public. Now someone can take care of business the way it’s suppose to be taken care of, and give him the ‘hospital job’ he deserves. Let him sit in there for a few days and think about his actions. The only person(s) worth their grain of salt is/are the one(s) who have the balls to find him and carry it out. If this isn’t done, it will only get worse, and conservatives will deserve more of the same. Anyone have the balls? ANYONE?!

  6. Ron

    August 10, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Only in California do we have bozos like this teaching our children how to be responsible adults!

  7. Gordon Massengale

    August 10, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Now this unmasked thug needs his name, address, job site posted.

  8. mememe

    August 10, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    I hope all 7 of this Maniacs Victims sue the pants off this psycho! Who the hell does he think hi is? because he hates Trump it gives him the right to smash people over the head with an improvised weapon? If he “felt threatened” he should have left the scene..he wasn’t being forced to stay there just as he wasn’t forced to go there. Once again, Liberals and their laws are way to easy on criminals. He should have been charged with attempted murder, he should have NOT had any sort of plea deal, he should have went to court and had a jury decide his fate like any other criminal! He needs to be re tried on all the charges that were dropped and have some new charges heaped on as well. These rallies need to be stopped or they need to be enforced a lot more seriously. What ever happened to good old vigilantism? if the cops / state / city wont bring these people who are a menace to everyone around them to justice, Vigilantes should!

  9. Curmudgeon

    August 10, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Clearly demonstrating once again, when looneyeffin liberals get into positions of authority strange stuff happens.

  10. Chuck

    August 10, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    That POS needs to spend years moving every few months and sleeping with one eye open every night.

  11. jpj

    August 10, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    What happens if he kills the next person? Does he get off the murder charge because he belongs to Antifa?

  12. Garys opinion

    August 10, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Collage professor? And people are paying money to send their kids to that school?
    Every parent out there who has a kid in that school should be calling the dean.

  13. William

    August 10, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    A ‘bike lock’ can kill you and should be listed as a ‘deadly weapon’!!! This guy should move to a new country before patriots find him and put him out of his misery!!

  14. Bobbup

    August 21, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    I’d expect enough people would want a go at him that it would be by appointment only!

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