Riots Expected to Greet Ann Coulter at UC Berkeley Thursday
As the Berkeley Police Department gears up for yet another showdown between First Amendment supporters and violent "anti-fascists," questions have arisen regarding the mayor's ties to a local anti-fascist group. Ann Coulter vowed to move ahead with a planned speaking engagement at the university on Thursday after her speech was canceled due to security concerns.
Law enforcement sources told Fox News there is a “99 percent” chance that the college will erupt in violence over the appearance -- whether she shows up or not.
Charles “Sid” Heal, a retired commander from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department who met with Berkeley police on Monday, said that authorities are preparing for the worst because extremist groups from across the spectrum are heading to Berkeley, and because the past three protests that devolved into violence were met by a “lackluster” response from local police.
“We’ve been told they’re going to come no matter whether Ann Coulter comes or not, and the next riot is not a standalone in isolation but a natural consequence of the lackluster approach of the past,” Heal said, adding that because protesters felt police didn’t protect them at the last riot many are pledging to defend themselves. “People are becoming vigilantes.”
According to Fox News, Heal and others are saying "there is deep discord between the Berkeley Police Department and the city government." Mayor Jesse Arreguin, 32, has been accused of being in cahoots with the protesters because, as this reporter noted at PJ Media's Hot Mic on Friday, he was a member of the Facebook group "By Any Means Necessary," or BAMN, the violent anarchist group that has instigated riots in Berkeley and across the country.
Arreguin stopped following the group after it was discovered that he was a member.
Yvette Felarca, a BAMN national organizer, was unapologetic last February after her ninja-clad BAMN troops, along with other violent protesters, successfully shut down the First Amendment rights of former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos. Armed with bricks, smoke bombs, fireworks, and pepper spray, the left-wing agitators injured at least four Milo/Trump supporters and did an estimated $100,000 worth of damage to the campus.
In the wake of that horror show Felarca told a local reporter, "We need more mass protests, more militant protests that are mass and militant."
In a statement to Fox News, Arreguin distanced himself from Felarca and BAMN.
"On social media, following a particular account does not mean you support that group or individual,” he said. “I was following this particular group so I could stay up to date on what they are up to. I condemn their violent actions in the strongest terms.”
Interestingly enough, Arreguin doesn't follow any Republican groups on Facebook "to see what they are up to." He only follows fellow travelers on the left -- which, until very recently, included the anarcho-terrorists BAMN, the very group the Berkeley police seem powerless to stop.