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Berkeley Police Chief After Latest Riots: We Need to Discuss “Providing Space” for Antifa?!

Berkeley Police Chief Andrew Greenwald


Berkeley Police Chief Andrew Greenwald
Chief Greenwald: And the question has to be does it make sense to get into a major use of force over a grassy area. The need to separate, very much managed. It’s a little early, we will take a look at what happened today but it doesn’t make sense to fight over something where the conditions have changed. The need for separation simply didn’t exist. And we’ll review the operation and once again learn from what we did. And that’s pretty much all I have to say for you now.
CBS 5 Reporter: This is not the first time the first time that minimizing injuries has taken precedent over trying to control the situation… In February UC Berkeley police stood back when self-proclaimed anarchists attacked the student union to stop right-wing speaker Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking and about $100,000 of damage as the police stood by. In both cases it was felt that trying to stop the take-overs would escalate the conflict and at the same time endanger to peaceful protesters who were caught in the mix.
Chief Greenwald: And as far as I am concerned there are some deep discussions that need to happen within our community about providing space for antifa and some of the folks we saw here today.

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