BERKELEY (CBS SF) — A man being sought for the assault of a conservative activist on the University of California, Berkeley campus last month has been arrested.

A statement from UC Berkeley Public Affairs said a warrant was issued for suspect Zachary Greenberg and UC police arrested him Friday, booking him into jail at 1 p.m.

Zachary Greenberg (Alameda County Sheriff’s Office)

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A man punches another man at Sproul Plaza on the UC Berkeley campus.

A man punches another man at Sproul Plaza on the UC Berkeley campus. (Arda Erbil)

Greenberg was identified as one of two men who confronted a conservative activist who had set up a table in Sproul Plaza. Hayden Williams, volunteer with conservative group Turning Points USA was displaying signs that read, “Hate Crimes Hoaxes Hurt Real Victims” – a reference to the Jussie Smollett case – and another saying “This is MAGA Country.”

Greenberg was seen on video landing two punches on Williams – one a glancing blow and another much harder directly on his face.

UC Berkeley police released this photo of a man suspected of injuring a student Tuesday afternoon in Sproul Plaza.

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The incident was recorded by two Cal students with cellphones and video of the encounter has since gone viral.

Police will formally present the case to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of the filing of criminal charges, the university said.

Comments (87)
  1. ‘a conservative activist’ my ass. And you wonder why you are fake news.

    1. If not a “conservative activist” what do you perceive him to be?

    2. Never mind I realize where you’re coming from. NOT the guy doing the punching but the guy that got punched is a conservative activist.

  2. Sam Spade says:

    Another triggered, out-of-control fascist lefty loon. Throw the book at him as a warning for the others that infest the Left.

    1. Indeed. Let this guy demonstrate his “tolerance” in prison.

  3. I’m surprised they didn’t report it as “Violence breaks out again at another Trump/conservative event!”. Anyway, glad to see this arrest. A truly bizarre, childish assault by a leftist.

  4. Looks like he’s about to cry in his mug shot. The Shawshank guys are betting on this fish.

    1. Michael Wright says:

      Oh please, this is California, Berkeley no less. This kid, even if convicted will never see the inside of a jail or prison cell. I’m actually surprised that they even cared enough to look for the kid.

      1. Robert Evans says:

        You’re likely right, I’ve noticed in the past that Berkeley-area juries are disinclined to convict their fellow travelers.

  5. It was hard to tell if the fist or the eye socket threw the first punch.

  6. There’s a typo in the article the author meant to say Turning Point USA not “Talking Points USA”

  7. Kathleen Schilling says:

    We used to call it UC Bezerkley for a reason!

  8. Alan Abel says:

    THROW THE BUM IN JAIL. Justice to the max!

  9. Does anyone answwer the question whether or not either of these people were Cal students??

  10. oy vey was the leftist being persecuted? Was the TPUSA guy being antisemitic?

  11. If he wants to come to Texas i’ll make and hold a sign just like it. Lets see if he wants to say peep to me. lol… I notice these beta males always make sure to choose the smallest guys that won’t fight back. They are going to make the mistake of trying that with an alpha one of these days,and i’m going to laugh my ass off at the beating they will take. Oh, and the guy was not a conservative activist. There is no such thing.lol

  12. Juan Dias says:

    People need to start a petition to seem him expelled for his hate crime, leftist would be up in arms over this happening to a liberal ‘activist’.

    1. Jeff Hunsaker says:

      You’re absolutely right! Very much a hate crime. If the tables were turned, or if the conservative guy was anything other than white, it would definitely be considered that. Any chance the conservative fellow is gay? That would be perfect.

  13. Gil Vietor says:

    “Conservative Activist”, why not call him just a guy? Or are you admitting this is terrorism?

  14. I don’t know about you but video shows pretty clear Assault and Battery. If that doesn’t happen maybe we could ask Bill Barr to consider federal civil rights violations. After all he was trying to exercise his 1st amendment rights of Free Speech.

  15. Rich Bolles says:

    Hahaahaahahahhahahahaahahahha…almost 30 years old and still in school…typical Lib Demo-Commie Maroon………get used to sleeping face down boy. Because from here on out NOBODY will be hiring you so Male Prostitute is about the only gig you are going to get.

    1. His mother says he a good boy and is studying to be a doctor and serve mankind

  16. Patrick Clancy says:

    More of that liberal tolerance we keep hearing about.

  17. Charlie Springer says:

    Throw the key away.

  18. Raul Fernandez says:

    More Jewish-supremacist violence from the left.

  19. these are countries that socialists totalitarians and jihadists bring. And now it’s coming here?!! To the most exceptional Constitutional Republic in the face of the world??? Damn it, NO NO NO. Put it on trial, and then CONVICT IT.

  20. Make an example of this subhuman. This should be the end of the life he’s known. Anything else is not justice.

  21. Expel the assailant from the Univ…of course, no refunds.

  22. Thankfully Californians are allowed to carry a firearm and defend themselves so an abusive psychotic was shot in self defense and taken off the streets permanently.

    #Wait …

  23. Steve Dunn says:

    This should be fun. Plaintiff’s lawyer will not take a plea deal. It will be felony assault and battery. The kid said, “OK you win the fight” yet Zachary continued to hit him. Zac is an Antifa member. He will do some prison time when convicted and will then be sued for damages in a civil suit. The tough guy could be looking at over$100,000 damage civil suit. Was it worth it? Prisoner just love rich white males in prison. They too need some relief.

  24. Sue the pants off of ZACHARY GREENBERG. let the name of ZACHARY GREENBERG be said EVERYWHERE. Let the address of ZACHARY GREENBERG be shown publicly as much as possible. Make this pig – ZACHARY GREENBERG – have to leave the county. SUE SUE AND SUE AND SUE SOMEMORE. S–U–E– ZACHARY GREENBERG ON WRONGFUL ASSAULT AFTER THE CRIMINAL CHARGES ARE FINISHED. THIS ZACHARY GREENBERG is nothing but a LIBERAL THUG. Z-A-C-H-A-R-Y G-R-E-E-N-B-E-R-G-
    Y-O-U A-R-E- O–U–T–E–D………………….!!!!!

  25. indyusmcdad says:

    Why didn’t any of the onlookers respond to the attack? -They should have bloodied the propagandized Fake News Watching assailant!!

  26. Jerome Barry says:

    I offer kudos to the UC Berkeley police. I didn’t expect you to try.

  27. Eric Bringslid says:

    Only liberal reasoning could explain punching someone in the face because you’re against violence 🤣

  28. Blake Princip says:

    There are some of us who are legally entitled to carry a firearm. If physically attacked, as in the matter currently being discussed, some just may terminate the encounter with a dose of .357!

  29. Sam James says:

    Glad they arrested this punk! Leftists are truly fascists and have no respect for freedom of speech. Parents and teachers: Educate your students on the right to express your opinion without violence! Without that going on in your classrooms you are not leading the way for the next generation!

  30. John E Walker says:

    Let’s punish this REAL “hate crime” severely!!!

  31. Pantyfa criminal is a perfect icon of the movement. Berkeley is not only an enabler as an entity, but a flag-waving cheer leader. Arrest, prosecute and imprison the violent sob. Sue him and Berkeley under the ground. THIS is COMMUNIST CONTROL COMMISSAR LIBERALISM today. Don’t stand for it.

  32. Did he make bail or will he spend the weekend in the slammer till he sees a judge on Monday?

  33. Bill Hensler says:

    If the government does not start prosecuting leftist for violence then Conservatives better start hiring armed guards.

  34. Mike Gant says:

    Berkeley was never the center of the free speech fight. It was the center for the far-left speech fight.
    They never cared about anyone ele’s speech. They actually deem the very concept of free speech to be a fascist tool.

  35. Dave Ballance says:

    What happened before the video started? All I see is two people fighting. I don’t see what happened before it started or who started it. There’s very little in this story, the linked story, or the video to confirm who assaulted whom.

  36. Ken Simmons says:

    What ever happened to FREE EXPRESSION? A college campus is supposed to be for the free exchange of ideas. What are the people attempting to shut down speech trying to do? This is not Russia or Nazi Germany but the liberals are acting that way. Defeat the Brown Shirted liberals with ideas and speech.