The Latest: 4 to 5 arrests at Berkeley protests for speaker

The Latest on a speech by a conservative commentator at the University of California, Berkeley (all times local):

10:10 p.m.

University of California, Berkeley police say there have been four to five arrests related to protests in Berkeley, all on city property.

Hundreds protested outside a speech by former Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro, but the demonstrations were mostly peaceful.

University spokesman Dan Mogulof called Thursday’s Shapiro speech “a successful event” and says the university is committed to hosting speakers like Shapiro in the future.

Hundreds of protesters remain on city streets, though the event has wrapped up.

A least three were arrested for carrying a banned weapon.

Berkeley police say 29-year-old Michael Paul Sullivan of Hayward was arrested, along with 44-year-old Sarah Roark and 20-year-old Hannah Benjamin. Benjamin is also accused of battery on a police officer.


8:40 p.m.

A few hundred people are protesting outside a hall where conservative commentator Ben Shapiro is speaking at the University of California, Berkeley.

The demonstrators are peaceful, with some chanting against fascism, white supremacists and President Donald Trump.

Others were holed up Thursday inside a student building. Earlier, they waved signs from a pedestrian walkway protesting the university’s decision to allow the event featuring the former editor at Breitbart News.

Inside the hall, Shapiro addressed a friendly crowd. He encouraged people to hold civil discussions with people who have different opinions, saying that’s what America is all about.

He condemned white supremacists as “a very small select group of absolutely terrible people who believe absolutely terrible things.”

The campus and surrounding Berkeley streets are under tight security after a series of previous events turned violent.


This item has been corrected to remove a reference to the students inside the building holding signs.


8 p.m.

Berkeley police say they have arrested two people during protests over a speech by a conservative commentator at the University of California, Berkeley.

City police say 20-year-old Hannah Benjamin was arrested Thursday for battery on a police officer and carrying a banned weapon. Meanwhile, 44-year-old Sarah Roark was taken into custody for carrying a banned weapon.

The arrests were announced on the police Twitter account.

There was a heavy police presence in Berkeley as former Breitbart News editor Ben…

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