Eric Clanton

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Eric Clanton

Eric Clanton is a self-described "anarchist" and a former adjunct professor of philosophy. He began teaching at Diablo Valley College in 2015.

Eric Clanton was arrested in May 2017 after "[allegedly] assaulting several people with a heavy bike lock at a pro-Trump Berkeley" on April 15 2017 during the Battle of Berkeley.[1] He pled "not guilty."[2] He was charged with felony assualt but was sentenced to three years probation.[3]

Eric Clanton is represented by attorney Dan Siegel of Bay Area law firm Siegel & Yee.[4]


  • M.A. in Philosophy – San Francisco State University
  • B.A. in Philosophy – California State University, Bakersfield

Diablo Valley College

Screenshot from Diablo Valley College staff directory before it was removed

According to his bio at Diablo Valley College, which has since been removed,[5] Eric Clanton's "work in political philosophy also centers on mass incarceration and the prison system. He is currently exploring restorative justice from an anti-authoritarian perspective."

Violence Caught on Tape

Eric Clanton allegedly assaulted several people during a rally at Berkeley in April 2017 with a U-shaped bike lock. Three of the people attacked sustained "significant injuries."

He "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."

Social Media Helped Police Identify Clanton

Mercury News reported that social media aided police in identifying Clanton:[6]

"...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.
"Police confirmed Clanton can be seen in videos hitting people in the head with a U-shaped bicycle lock; three of them sustained 'significant injuries,' police said."

San Francisco State University

According to San Francisco State University spokeswoman Mary Kenny, Eric Clanton "...was an instructional student assistant in the philosophy department for one semester during spring semester 2013 and also worked for three semesters as a graduate teaching associate in the philosophy department from August 2013 until January 2015."[7]

1st Annual Anarchism, Crime, and Justice Conference

1st Annual Anarchism, Crime, and Justice Conference

Eric Clanton was a speaker at the 1st Annual Anarchism, Crime, and Justice Conference held at Fort Lewis College (FLC) in Durango, Colorado, USAon March 26 and 27, 2016. The conference was sponsored by the Save The Kids organization in conjunction with the Sociology Department at Fort Lewis College.[8]

Eric Clanton's session was chaired by Natelle Thompson. The title of his presentation[9] was "Restorative Justice: Between Radical Alternative and Reformist Strategy."

  • ABSTRACT: Like most, I am enthusiastic about the development of restorative justice as a tool to heal and transform people whose lives have been affected by violence. However, its promise as a structural, alternative that can reform or eventually replace incarceration is problematic. One example of this perspective is Coy McKinney’s argument that RJ is a method for divesting our collective consent from state punishment, and that by such divestment the state’s structures and methods can be critically undermined and replaced. I argue that the power that is offered by restorative justice is only available when its practice does not overlap with authoritative power, and is not coerced or policed. I further argue that it is a minority of crimes for which restorative justice is appropriate. By this I mean crimes that a) constitute a serious violation between two people and b) transgress a personal boundary, and not a power relation (e.g. property crimes). Finally, I argue that the nature of the state is such that it cannot be critically undermined solely by the withdrawal of consent. Restorative justice must be the tool of an active antagonism, not a model that can reform or replace the state’s structures of punishment.
Eric Clanton on LinkedIn
  • BIOGRAPHY: Eric received an MA in philosophy from San Francisco State University. There he studied environmental ethics and virtue theory. His studies there concerning philosophies of punishment and prison industrial complex were particularly radicalizing. Since graduating he has been teaching part-time at an energetic and diverse community college (Diablo Valley College). He also volunteers with the Prison University Project at San Quentin teaching writing and critical analysis. Eric is an anarchist trying to escalate his commitment to total revolution through writing, teaching, analysis, and other creative forms of action.

2014 Arrest

Eric Clanton was arrested in January 2014 during a protest on Highway 24 in Oakland, according to court documents.

Criticism of Police Response


  1. Bay Area college professor used U-shaped bike lock in beating, police say, accessed August 4 2017
  2. Former professor suspected in Berkeley bike-lock attack enters plea in Oakland court, accessed August 4 2017
  3., accessed August 8 2018
  4. The radical past of Diablo Valley professor Eric Clanton's left-wing lawyer, accessed August 4 2017
  5. Faculty - Philosophy, Pleasant Hill Campus, accessed August 4 2017
  6. Former professor suspected in Berkeley bike-lock attack enters plea in Oakland court, accessed August 4 2017
  7. Berkeley police investigate alumnus connection to rally assault, accessed August 4 2017
  8., accessed August 7 2017
  9. 1st Annual Anarchism Crime and Justice Conference at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, USA, accessed August 4 2017