Video of the assault went viral
A suspect was identified and arrested Friday in connection with the assault of a conservative activist on the campus of the University of California-Berkeley, according to Berkeley News.
Zachary Greenberg was arrested by the University of California Police Department on Friday afternoon as the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office considers whether or not to file criminal charges against him.
The assault was committed against Turning Point USA activist Hayden Williams, who says he was training other members of the organization when he was confronted and assaulted.
The incident, which took place on Feb. 19, garnered widespread attention due to video showing Williams being pushed, cursed at, and eventually punched in the face by a man in a black t-shirt.
Williams has said that, as a result of the attack, he still heard ringing in his ears for days after and has suffered from concussion-like symptoms.
Reports say that content at the TPUSA recruitment table was what angered the alleged assailant against Williams; specifically the group had material that was critical of hoax crime allegations, an apparent reference to the ongoing situation involving “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, who is charged with lying to police about being attacked by Trump supporters.
Williams said he started recording the incident when he realized he might be in some danger. He pointed to the campus’s liberal culture as contributing to the attack.
“There is a certain culture that is especially hostile on Berkeley’s campus, and across the country, to conservative students,” Williams said on Fox News. “They’re willing to use violence if they think you’re being too controversial.”
UC-Berkeley chancellor Carol Christ and vice chancellor Stephen Sutton condemned the attack as “intolerable” in a statement, and said the school is committed to freedom of expression and belief.