Rob Shimshock, DCNF
Police in Berkeley, California, released names and headshots of individuals arrested during a Sunday protest and Antifa and its allies are not pleased.
The Berkeley Police Department published the information for 15 out of 20 individuals it arrested on its Twitter feed to much criticism from left-wing activists, reported The Guardian.
Berkeley police’s tweets included arrested individuals’ names, ages, city of residence, as well as the charge on which they were arrested.
“Hey [Twitter Support], I thought doxing [sic] wasn’t allowed or is it just fine when a ghostskin [sic] does it from an official police account?” Huffington Post contributor Jesse Benn responded to the tweet detailing Gonzalez’s arrest.
When another Twitter user said that individuals not convicted of crimes will have their innocence reflected on public record, Benn replied “do you think the Berkeley pigs will tweet about that as well, dickhead?”
“This is very disturbing,” former Berkeley police review commissioner and current University of California law professor Veena Dubal told The Guardian. “It seems like a public-shaming exercise, which is not the role of the police department … they are making it really accessible for folks who might wish these people harm to locate them.”
Berkeley Democratic Mayor Jesse Arreguin denied responsibility for the release of the mugshots and said he planned to speak to the police department about whether the practice would be “appropriate” in the future.
Left-wing National Lawyers Guild executive director Jay Kim complained that Berkeley police seemed to “target” Antifa protesters, detaining them “at random.” Kim confirmed the “vast majority” of individuals arrested were associated with Antifa.
Antifa activist and Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School teacher Yvette Felarca said the police tactic would not halt “resistance against fascism,” according to The Guardian.
“People are coming from out of town and bringing weapons and are committed to violence,” Berkeley police spokesman Byron White told The Guardian. “We don’t want people to be able to do that with anonymity.”
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