Antifa violence forces Berkeley campus police to rethink their tactics

More than 100 police officers — some garbed in combat helmets and body armor and armed with tear gas launchers — spread out across the University of California, Berkeley’s crowded Sproul Plaza on Wednesday afternoon.

Hailing from the University of California’s own police forces as well as drawing on reserves from the state police, the officers cordoned off an area from nearby protestors after a suspicious package was found in an Amazon store on campus and a bomb threat was declared.

While Berkeley has for decades been a hotbed for activism from all sides of the political spectrum, the recent bomb scares, seemingly daily protests and threats of violence from groups as diverse as Antifa to white nationalists has forced police on this leafy…

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