Berkeley, California has been ground zero for some violent left wing protests in recent months. When pro-Trump groups have tried to hold events in the area, they have complained that the police there don’t protect them from violent leftists.
Now it has been discovered that the Berkeley PD offers “symbolic arrests.” See the tweet below:
Yes, this is real. The Berkeley Police Department performs "symbolic arrests" requested by leftist protesters. pic.twitter.com/bhuECryQsN
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) April 18, 2017
Heat Street explains what this is all about:
What Are ‘Symbolic Arrests’ and Why Is the Berkeley PD Offering Them to Protesters?
In the wake of the latest protests-turned riots in Berkeley, a screenshot has been making the rounds on Twitter that shows the Berkeley Police Department offers something called “symbolic arrests.”
Some people are up in arms because they assume this means fake arrests and that it suggests an overly cosy relationship between the protesters and the cops in Berkeley…
So basically it’s a real arrest, with real consequences. In effect, it streamlines the protesting process. Instead of waiting for police to break up the crowd with batons and pepper sprays, all this fuss can be pre-arranged. Symbolic arrests appear to be perfect for protesters too fragile to get arrested like a normal anti-establishmentarian. It’s perfect for celebrities and folks with osteoporosis.
So it’s basically a special service for left wingers?
How is that California secession thing going?