A small blonde woman, who was filmed being beaten and pepper sprayed by violent leftists during the UC Berkeley riots is speaking out.
â€śKatrinaâ€ť says she and her husband both suffered concussions.
Her husband was knocked unconscious.
The university police did nothing.
Minding the Campus reported:
â€śKatrina â€ś(no last name listed) an attractive young woman who seems to be in her twenties, appears in a YouTube video, â€śI was assaulted at the UC Berkeley Anti-Milo Riot.â€ť She and her husband arrived at the site of the scheduled speech early (around 5:30 for the 8 p.m. event) prepared for violence (both were wearing Kevlar vests) but nothing marked them as Trump or Milo fansâ€”her politics are â€śmore on the left,â€ť she says. The police were already inside the building, behind closed doors, making no apparent effort to maintain order, though they had already given an order for the early arrivers to disperse.
By that time, Katrina says, the protesters had already started fires, one in the middle of the road, another by pulling down the generator that provided light, setting it afire. If her time frame is correct, it meant that Berkeley police apparently had time to call for reinforcements to control an already ugly scene. As the crowd grew, she and her husband both suffered concussions, she by falling hard trying to climb over two barricades to escape the crowd, he by being beaten with a heavy metal rod while lying helpless on the ground. She says she was separated from him and thought he was dead. He spent the whole next day at a hospital, fearing permanent liver damage but, Katrina says, it was â€śonlyâ€ť two broken ribs (wielded heavily enough that the Kevlar was apparently not much protection).
After she was pepper sprayed (the video shows another woman in a Trump cap being pepper-sprayed in the face from a distance of about two feet, as she was talking to a TV reporter) Katrina and another woman appealed to the police to let them into the building to wash the spray from their eyes, but the police wouldnâ€™t open the door and wouldnâ€™t come out.
The Berkeley police have a more benign explanation for their behavior. They said some police were on the scene, firing paintballs at violent people to mark them for future arrest. Staying in the closed building, where no violence was going on is harder to explain, but a police spokeswoman said their appearance before the crowd would have escalated things, and that to start arresting people, would have required â€śup to threeâ€ť police officers for each arrest. No explanation for why police didnâ€™t bring a paddy wagonâ€”if Katrina and her husband were wearing protective vests, violence could not have come as a total surprise. Berkeley Chancellor Nichols Dirks should be asked why campus cops or outside security forces werenâ€™t there as well.
Katrina was interviewed in the video by Stefan Molyneux, 50, a Canadian pro-Trump blogger affiliated with Freedomain/freedomainradio.com/I, which appears to be a sort of anarcho-libertarian site, heavy on philosophy and theory. Molyneux sympathized with Katrina,â€ť venturing the opinion that the violence â€śreveals a lot about the left.â€ť Katrina said it appeared that maybe 300 people in the crowd were violent, not the estimated 100 or 150.
â€śKatrinaâ€ť spoke about her horrific experience with Stefan Molyneux.