(The College Fix) There’s a lot of disagreement over whether the University of California-Berkeley did enough to stop left-wing violence before canceling the Milo Yiannopoulos appearance on campus last week, especially the adequacy of the law-enforcement response.
University of Utah Law Prof. Paul Cassell asked incredulously how no one was arrested the night of the riots (which also caused $100,000 in property damage just on campus):
How is it that after more than 100 thugs organized, well in advance, to invade the campus, and police were alerted to the risk of violence, again well in advance, no arrests were made the night of the attack? Indeed, in the days afterward, police following up (are they following up?) are unable to find any digital fingerprints or other pieces of evidence to begin prosecuting those responsible.
Campus officials defended their response, saying the university is “not the National Guard” and that the “use of force would have been escalated” if police had tried to apprehend the rioters.
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education tentatively defended the school’s response, saying it made “good-faith efforts to prepare for a conflict” and that officers need “some discretion to determine how and when to intervene” in a dangerous situation.
Now we’ll see what the feds think. Berkeleyside reports that UC-Berkeley claims its police are “working in close concert with the FBI on an ongoing investigation into the matter”:
The FBI on Wednesday responded to an email from Berkeleyside requesting information. It confirmed it was in contact with both the Berkeley police and UCPD, but would not confirm or deny an ongoing investigation about the violence that erupted at the protests. The FBI’s Prentice Danneriii also noted, by email, that the FBI does “not open investigations based on First Amendment activities.”…