Zachary Greenberg, 28, charged with felony assault in UC Berkeley attack on conservative activist

By – The Washington Times – Wednesday, March 6, 2019

A 28-year-old man has been charged with three felonies relating to last month’s attack against a conservative activist at the University of California at Berkeley.

is charged with felony assault, felony battery and felony criminal threats for his alleged on Hayden Williams, a Leadership Institute field representative who was helping to recruit conservative students for Turning Point USA.

In a now-viral of the Feb. 19 incident, Mr. Williams was manning a table at Sproul Plaza when a man started cursing at him and calling him a racist. The man then struck Mr. Williams several times while students stood by and watched.

The incident inspired President Trump to invite Mr. Williams to the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, where the president announced he would be signing an executive order pulling federal funding from colleges and universities that don’t support free speech.

UC Berkeley condemned the assault in a statement on Feb. 21, calling it “reprehensible.”

In a statement Sunday, UC Berkeley said, “Our commitment to freedom of speech and belief is unwavering and no amount of incomplete, distorted news coverage is going to change that.”

Neither Mr. Williams nor are affiliated with UC Berkeley, but university spokesman Dan Mogulof said the victim had every right to be tabling on campus.

“The fact that the victim was not a campus affiliate has no bearing on this case,” Mr. Mogulof said, CNN . “He had every right to be on campus, and every right to express his point of view.”

, who was arrested Friday, is also charged with misdemeanor vandalism related to the destruction of materials belonging to Turning Point USA.

He bonded out of jail and his arraignment is set for Wednesday.

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