UC to pay half of security bill for Ben Shapiro event at UC Berkeley

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The University of California will pay half of the security costs for Ben Shapiro’s appearance at UC Berkeley last week.

UC President Janet Napolitano made the decision Monday to pay half the security bill “because of the extraordinary situation that Berkeley finds itself in,” according to UC spokesperson Dianne Klein. Klein added that the university is also prepared to help UC Berkeley bear the costs of future events on campus.

The university’s contribution to the security bill is estimated to be $300,000 — half of the approximately $600,000 that UC Berkeley is expected to pay. Police officers from UCPD, Berkeley Police Department, California Highway Patrol and Alameda County Sheriff’s Office all provided security for the event, and UCPD also set up a barricade to surround six buildings.

Klein emphasized that this decision to assist UC Berkeley with security costs is not UC policy.

“These are special responses to special circumstances that, unfortunately, UC must deal with,” Klein said in an email.

Next week, UC Berkeley will see “Free Speech Week” on campus — a joint effort by conservative writer Milo Yiannopoulos and campus publication the Berkeley Patriot. Several controversial figures have been scheduled to appear on campus during this time, including David Horowitz and Mike Cernovich.

“The university must ensure free speech and the safety of its students, staff and visitors,” Klein said in her email. “Those two imperatives can co-exist, but carrying them out has made for sky high security costs.”

Check back for updates.

Harini Shyamsundar is the university news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @hshyamsundar.

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  • Elmo Cotton

    Please help Berkely Campus Police identify these ANTIFA protesters who have caused millons in property damage and have injured so many people

  • Ben Shapiro is a KNOWN white supremacist and neo nazi. I can’t believe he was allowed to speak on this progressive campus! Just wow!

    • Fahargo

      I hope your joking. Ben Shapiro is an orthodox jew

      • He uses Judaism to veil his hate

        • Fahargo

          He’s the number one target of anti-antisemitism in America. Being Jewish isn’t some ploy of his he’s been Jewish his entire life. What are his connections to neo nazis or white supremacists? What has he done that makes him a part of groups that ,FYI, hate Jews?

          • He’s a right winger. Nazis were right wingers. Do the math. Do you even go to Cal???

          • roccolore

            Racist black Democrats like you are Nazis because you are anti-Jewish.

          • SecludedCompoundTTYS

            Just enjoy the stupidity, its much easier on the brain. It’s actually pretty fun when you read his comments on other articles. Its classic.

          • You don’t even go to Cal. Go back to working on the oil rig. Shapiro’s a fascist thug, get over it and move on.

          • SecludedCompoundTTYS

            As a black supremacist I’m assuming you just learned about politics about 4 years ago and know nothing except what is spewed to you from public school teachers. I bet I’m right! You’re awesome example of awesomeness. Never stop never stop posting bra bro! Ben Shapiro is a racist, you’re right! Charge on against the racists!

          • He regularly denigrates poor blacks, muslims, and trans people. I guess your tolerance for hate is pretty high then.

          • SecludedCompoundTTYS

            Yea, you think its unfair but I think its logical. Remember I’m a white supremacist and you’re a black supremacist so we will always differ on what is unfair and fair.

          • MALCOLM X

          • SecludedCompoundTTYS

            Yes Malcolm X was very smart, here is a quote from him 50 years ago:

            “The white liberals aren’t white people who are for independence, who are moral and ethical in their thinking. They are just a fraction of white people that are jockeying for power…They are fighting each other for power and prestige, and the one that is the football in the game is the Negro…The liberal elements of whites are those who have perfected the art of selling themselves to the Negro as a friend of the Negro. Getting sympathy of the Negro, getting the allegiance of the Negro, and getting the mind of the Negro. Then the Negro sides with the white liberal, and the white liberal use the Negro against the white conservative.

            So that anything that the Negro does is never for his own good, never for his own advancement, never for his own progress, he’s only a pawn in the hands of the white liberal. The worst enemy that the Negro have is this white man that runs around here drooling at the mouth professing to love Negros, and calling himself a liberal, and it is following these white liberals that has perpetuated problems that Negros have. If the Negro wasn’t taken, tricked, or deceived by the white liberal then Negros would get together and solve our own problems.”

            Sound familiar? Do you not like Malcolm X anymore? This might trigger your world view, huh? You should bring this up to your class at Berkeley that you spoke of.

          • We need to shut down free speech, because it’s being used as a weapon by the right to target blacks, latinos, LGBTQ, and women

          • SecludedCompoundTTYS

            So true, it makes so much sense and there is so much evidence of this. Preach for power, stay woke!!!! MALCOM X

          • You voted for a white supremacist

          • SecludedCompoundTTYS

            True Dat!

          • SecludedCompoundTTYS

            I love how you admit you are indoctrinated by Cal. Its full Dunning Kruger over here, I love it! You are my new favorite so please don’t stop! Keep us woke bro!

          • You weren’t smart enough to go to Cal, you must be envious of Cal students.

          • SecludedCompoundTTYS


          • you’re dumb

          • SecludedCompoundTTYS

            Yea, that’s why they were called the National Socialist Party. Black supremacist, do you see the irony?

          • Yeah, and North Korea is called the democratic people’s republic. Since they’re called that, they must be a civilized democratic country, right?!! See the irony dummy? Nazis weren’t socialists–only in name.

          • SecludedCompoundTTYS

            Wow, you don’t know history very well. Apples and Oranges but your point is your best one I’ve ever seen you made! Great work DDJ! You did it, you made a point!

          • Thanks!!

        • Fahargo

          If he is such a KNOWN neo-nazi name one thing he’s done that makes him so.

          • He advocates for the genocide of minorities, indirectly.

          • roccolore

            Racist blacks like you are the genocidal freaks.

        • roccolore

          Racist blacks like you are the hatemongers.

    • roccolore

      You’re a known black supremacist and Nazi.

    • SecludedCompoundTTYS

      Ok, black supremacist, I will follow suit now! Blacks cannot say racist things because of the color of their skin, gotcha! What about other minorities that have been oppressed through history? Why not Jews? Can they be racists? Irish are white and were persecuted in the US for nearly a century. Can they be racists? Can Asians be racist? You realize you are trivializing the word racist, right? (google trivialize)

      • Lion Heart

        Ben Shapiro spews more venom against blacks & Muslims than Hitler ever did against Jews.
        Hitler was more humane

        • SecludedCompoundTTYS