Eric Clanton, 28, was charged with four counts of felony assault with enhancements alleging that he caused great bodily injury. He also was charged with wearing a mask during commission of a crime, a misdemeanor.
Clanton has been in jail in lieu of $200,000 bail since his arrest Wednesday in connection with the April incident, which occurred during protests at Civic Center Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Way.www.eastbaytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/clanton.jpg?w=620&crop=0%2C0px%2C100%2C9999px" alt="CLANTON" data-src="https://i1.wp.com/www.eastbaytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/clanton.jpg?w=620&a..." data-srcset="https://i1.wp.com/www.eastbaytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/clanton.jpg?w=620&a... 620w,www.eastbaytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/clanton.jpg?w=210&a...">https://i1.wp.com/www.eastbaytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/clanton.jpg?w=210&a... 210w" width="593" />Eric Clanton’s LinkedIn page
During Clanton’s arraignment at Oakland’s Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse, the courtroom was crowded with media and protesters. At the start, Judge Thomas Nixon announced that the court had learned someone was live-streaming the proceedings over the internet. Nixon warned the courtroom would be cleared if he could confirm that.
Clanton’s attorney, Dan Siegel, told the judge he was being followed, and that he and his client had received threats.
In a statement Thursday, police acknowledged that a video of the incident, shot by onlookers and posted on social media, helped them identify Clanton as the suspect behind “several violent assaults” during the April 15 demonstration at Civic Center Park.