California law enforcement officials arrested 28-year-old Zachary Greenberg on a felony warrant Friday afternoon for allegedly assaulting a conservative activist with Turning Point USA on the University of California-Berkeley’s campus last month.
“Greenberg was identified as one of two men who confronted a conservative activist who had set up a table in Sproul Plaza,” CBS San Francisco reports. “Hayden Williams, a volunteer with conservative group Talking Points USA was displaying signs that read, ‘Hate Crimes Hoaxes Hurt Real Victims’ – a reference to the Jussie Smollett case – and another saying ‘This is MAGA Country.'”
In a statement, UC-Berkeley wrote:
Today, an Alameda County Superior Court Judge issued a warrant for the arrest of the suspect in the matter involving a February 19 assault on Sproul Plaza. Zachary Greenberg was arrested by the University of California Police Department (UCPD) on the warrant and booked into jail at 1 p.m. UCPD will formally present the case to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of the filing of criminal charges. Once the matter is presented and reviewed by the District Attorney’s Office, additional information will be made available regarding a charging decision.
Greenberg was reportedly arrested in Berkeley “on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm with force likely to produce great bodily injury.” He is being held at Glenn Dyer Jail in Oakland on $30,000 bond with his arraignment set for Monday.
Fox News noted that “a series of delays and cryptic messages from authorities” drew outrage from Charlie Kirk, the founder and executive director of Turning Point USA.
“This is really surprising,” Kirk told Fox News a week after the incident. “From what I understand there’s been no arrest. I don’t understand why there’s no public arrest file on this guy. If he had been wearing a Make America Great Again hat and had punched a liberal in the face there’d be nationwide outrage and a manhunt to find him. The whole thing is crazy.”
“This is astonishing — what extra work needs to be done?” Kirk said in a separate Fox News report. “The assault was clearly captured on video. If the attacker was wearing a MAGA (Make America Great Again) hat this case would be wrapped up by now, daily press conferences would be occurring, and arrests would have already happened.”
Kirk posted the video to his Twitter account where it gained significant traction.
The video has been viewed millions of times on social media and has drawn the attention of nationally prominent conservatives.
“When a liberal like Jussie cries wolf and fakes an attack he receives unmatched coverage, sympathy & support creating a tsunami of attention,” Donald Trump Jr. tweeted. “When a conservative student literally gets punched in the face and it’s caught on video it barely makes a ripple.”
“Freedom of speech is a staple American value… or it used to be!” Kimberly Guilfoyle tweeted. “Violent leftists at UC Berkeley attacked a @tpusa activist on campus. Video is disturbing @charliekirk11 is right. If attacker had been wearing MAGA hat this would be top story on every news broadcast in America!”