Man Arrested For Assaulting Trump Supporter Near UC Berkeley Campus

BERKELEY (CBS SF) – KPIX 5 reporter Anne Makovec captured the assault of a man wearing a suit and a “Make America Great Again” cap at the edge of the UC Berkeley campus late Thursday morning as tensions remained high in the wake of Wednesday night’s violent protests.

The fight broke out at around 11:30 a.m. when the man wearing the suit and cap was walking near the intersection of Bancroft and Telegraph was attacked. The assailant stopped his vehicle, a white SUV, in the middle of the intersection and jumped the man.

The attacker ripped the Trump hat off of the victim’s head and began beating him along with at least one other person who came from the SUV.

Several bystanders intervened and attempted to stop the fight. The victim — later identified in reports as 21-year-old UC Berkeley student Jack Palkovic — was able to break free from the scrum and can be seen yelling at the assailants as they get back in their car.

The victim proceeded to yell expletives and make obscene gestures with both hands as the attackers drove away.

Two men who got out of the car to attack the Trump supporter were arrested after they tried to drive away from the incident.

Palkovic told an AP reporter that he  is a member of the college Republicans and helped organize Wednesday’s event with Milo Yiannopoulos, a polarizing editor of Breitbart News.

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The small drama that played out was just one sign of how tempers were continuing to flare the day after a violent protest that happened only a few hundred feet away from where the fight took place shut down the scheduled speaking engagement featuring Yiannopoulos.

A group of approximately 150 masked protesters were the main perpetrators of the violence during what started as peaceful protest against the controversial speaker. Those protesters, all dressed in black, began throwing bricks and lit fireworks at police the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union building hosting the event.

Eventually, the vandals lit a gas-powered portable floodlight on fire and used police barriers to break the glass windows to the campus books store that takes up the first floor of the student union building.

At about 6:20 p.m., UC campus police announced that the event had been cancelled. Officers ordered the crowd to disperse, calling it an unlawful assembly.

While protesters eventually left the area to march in the streets of Berkeley, the violence wasn’t over.

By 8 p.m., a large crowd of people had moved off the campus and onto Telegraph Avenue. They smashed ATMs at a Bank of America branch and set several trash fires on Telegraph Avenue.

After marching west on Durant Avenue, the group moved north on Shattuck Avenue, smashing windows and vandalizing a Mechanics Bank branch near the corner of Bancroft Way.

Chase and Wells Fargo branches were also vandalized. A Starbucks location near campus was vandalized and looted.

Police also received reports that banks were set on fire in the area of Center Street and Shattuck Avenue.

In a statement Thursday morning, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin said, “Unfortunately, last night, a small minority of the protesters who had assembled in opposition to a speaking engagement featuring a prominent white nationalist engaged in violence and property damage.”

“They also provided the ultra-nationalist far right exactly the images they want to use to try to discredit the vast majority of peaceful protesters in Berkeley and across America who are deeply concerned about where our country is headed,” Arreguin said.

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  1. Love Trumps Hate.

    1. Rahm Daley says:

      Berkeley (and California too) has become a bastion of Left Wing hate and you progressives are to blame! Deviant DNC politicians and the Fake misleading MSM news that serves bankers and billionaires and brainwashes ignorant progressive liberals are all to blame for the Left Wing anarchy on the streets as they throw rocks, start fires and beat trump supporters…. The American people are taking notice of this deviant trend!

      The radical Left (and Satan in the flesh GEORGE SOROS) have taken over the DNC and the loons in Hollywood…. Berkeley is now against free speech or alternative views… Breitbart’s MILO is gay!!!! He is no racist, but a libertarian who wants to stop our slide into totalitarian socialism…. Hitler wanted a socialist one world government…. Just like today’s progressives…. Wake up!!! Trump threatens the Worlds banker elite. They own the US MSM who then use low info liberals to sell anarchy….

  2. Wow Love Trumps Hate, how profound. Berkeley today reminds me so so much of the summer of love… yeah right. And what the heck were the cops doing standing and watching rioters burn and destroy. As soon as people with masks covering the faces with weapons (yes a long thick stick is a weapon) showed up and starting tearing down the fences they should have been arresting them. It is extremely fortunate no one was seriously hurt. This happen in DC during the inauguration and the police moved in and arrested 215 of the Anarchists and charged them with felony rioting. You know if the police don’t protect the people’s rights, a citizen group will. That is something we do not need to happen. It could easliy spin out of control…

  3. So, one arrest the night of the riots. No one charged for the assaults, setting the fires, the Property damage?

    Free speech, tolerance and acceptance are all things Berkeley and people there believe in, as long as believe what they believe.

    Shame on the University, the Police Department, and the City.

  4. Dan Sutton says:

    If that was a conservative attacking a liberal you could bet he would be expelled from UC, this guy needs expelled.

  5. Disgusting coverage by this station. It wasn’t a “fight,” a “scrum” or a “little drama” — all euphemisms used in the above report. It was a violent assault on a victim intended to cause injury and terrorize the victim for his political views. Shame on CBS for minimizing the crime and attempting to apportion blame to the victim.

  6. KCBS is now approaching “fake news” status. That guy was a victim, and you care that he flips his attackers the bird. You are liberal rating seeking sell outs.

  7. thats what the stupid liberals. destroy other peoples property and things. cops should just take them out on sight. too bad this violence does not happen in hollywood . . . that would be something. guess they want califoria to look like syria

  8. Man attacks Trump supporter? More like rabid liberal swine attacks Trump supporter. lol

  9. Dan Cox says:

    The Alt-Left is simply demonstrating how they wish to control our nation, by intimidation and violence. The Progressive Liberal Democrats / Socialists, wish to have violent Revolution in America. Politicians like Former Vice Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine… has publically called for “Fighting in the streets”.

  10. Karol Ross says:

    First of all, I did not vote for Trump, but with the despicable behavior on the Dem side of the country, I am now going to distance myself from anything Democrat. This is dangerous bigotry juxtaposed to the peaceful transfer of power we should enjoy in the United States. I am ashamed to even be watching how some of the press and left swing any news from the Trump White House in a negative, inept light. Shame on you, don’t you know what you are doing to your country?

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