Berkeley Police Department is calling upon community members to help them identify protesters and counter protesters who were allegedly involved in fights at a “March 4 Trump” rally at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park on Saturday.
A BPD advisory issued Wednesday included photo attachments of six individuals who were allegedly perpetrators of violence at the rally. It stated that many people at the protest repeatedly entered violent confrontations with those who had opposing views and were armed with weapons, including sticks, bats, shields and smoke canisters.
BPD officers arrested 10 individuals at the rally and also videorecorded confrontations from outside of the crowd.
“Berkeley Police worked during the event to identify those committing violence, even when suspects’ actions amidst the cover of a crowd did not allow immediate apprehension,” the alert stated. “When conditions best favored the safety of all involved, targeted arrests were made.”
The alert added that no property was damaged during the rally and no uninvolved bystanders were harmed. It stated that BPD is working to bring all perpetrators of violence at the rally into custody and is collaborating with the District Attorney’s Office as investigations continue.
BPD is encouraging victims of violence to file a police report. Community members with more information about the incidents can contact BPD at 510-981-5900 or can upload photos and videos from the incident at http://bit.ly/berkvideo.