Police Seeking Felony Arrest Warrant for Man Who Slugged Conservative Student
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The University of California-Berkeley says police are seeking a "felony warrant" for the arrest of a man who violently assaulted a conservative student on campus last week.
"'One week after the incident that received national backlash, the campus has concluded its investigation of the incident," campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof said in a statement this week.
"Based on the results of that investigation, the department is seeking a felony warrant from the Alameda County District Attorney for the identified suspect," said Mogulof. Once the warrant is approved, the UCPD will "immediately" take action to arrest the unnamed suspect.
CBN News has reported on the assault of Hayden Williams and a viral video of the attack which has received millions of views.
Williams was helping a recruitment table for conservative organization Turning Point USA when an argument erupted between two men. Williams picked up his cell phone and began filming when the violence started.
According to Fox News, one of the men knocked over the table, and then began to punch Williams in the face multiple times. The video of the physical altercation is shown below:
LEFTIST VIOLENCE ON CAMPUS— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) February 21, 2019
While recruiting for our @TPUSA group at UC Berkeley a leftist thug comes & assaults our activists punching him in the face & hitting him repeatedly
Imagine if the attacker was wearing MAGA hat, would be national news!
This is the violent left!
The suspects left before the police arrived.
President Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., took to Twitter to condemn the Berkeley police for the lack of an arrest.
"Wonder if it would be the same if a conservative beat up a leftist on the Berkeley Campus?" wrote Trump Jr. "Conservatives call out Berkeley police for lack of arrest one week after campus assault on activist."
Wonder if it would be the same if a conservative beat up a leftist on the Berkeley Campus?— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 26, 2019
Conservatives call out Berkeley police for lack of arrest one week after campus assault on activist. https://t.co/CqKF66vBt1
Citizen's United offered a $50,000 reward to anyone with information that can help bring an arrest to the individuals responsible.
In an interview with CBN News, Williams, who actually is not a member of Turning Point USA, but a Leadership Institute Field Rep, says he is still recovering from the incident. Williams says he was assaulted because he and other students printed signs critical of what he calls "the Jussie Smollett hate crime hoax." Williams says the attack is another example of leftists responding violently against the free speech rights of conservative students.
"This time it was me. Tomorrow, it could be your kids, or grandkids," said Williams. "So, this is a real problem that we need to address as a country.
The incident is a growing trend taking place on liberal college campuses. Multiple conservative groups have claimed verbal or physical assaults because of their views.
"College campuses have become increasingly unsafe for conservatives," Charlie Kirk, the founder and executive director of Turning Point USA, told Fox News. "Our amazing Turning Point USA team was talking and then confronted by the hateful left which resulted in the assault and punching in the face just because of a difference of opinion. If the attacker was wearing a MAGA hat, this would be classified as a hate crime and all over every news channel."
Guillermina Castro, a UC-Berkeley freshman serving as the organizer for the table, had left before the violence to attend class. When she returned, she became aware of the incident.
"I saw our sign ripped up, all our papers were on the floor, Hayden was covering his injured eye," Castro told Fox News. "I said 'Oh my G--, what happened?'"
"He said that a guy had just punched him in the face," continued Castro.
She went on to share the amount of applause that came after the incident happened.
"One woman called me a white supremacist," she said. "I said 'Wait, I'm Latina!'"
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