Friday, August 25, 2017

Kyle "Based Stickman" Chapman Jailed, Barred from Possessing Sticks and Other Weapons

A judge told Chapman, "You are to have no weapons of any kind — sticks, knives, pepper spray."

by Darwin BondGraham and Ali Winston
Fri, Aug 25, 2017 at 10:21 AM

Kyle "Based Stickman" Chapman was also ordered to stay away from downtown Berkeley. - ALI WINSTON
  • Ali Winston
  • Kyle "Based Stickman" Chapman was also ordered to stay away from downtown Berkeley.

Kyle Chapman, who is accused of engaging in violent brawls in Berkeley during pro-Trump and "alt right" rallies earlier this year, was cuffed and taken to jail from an Alameda County courtroom this morning after a judge set his bail at $135,000.

Chapman, a Daly City resident, is charged by the district attorney with possession of an illegal weapon in the form of a stick. Berkeley police officers wrote in charging documents that he was seen beating people with the stick and dousing people with pepper spray on March 4.

At a morning court hearing in Oakland, Judge Mark McCannon told Chapman that he can't possess any weapons until his case is resolved. "You are to have no weapons of any kind — sticks, knives, pepper spray," the judge said.

McCannon also imposed a stay away order on Chapman, preventing him from being within 300 yards of Berkeley's Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center, where Chapman repeatedly clashed with counter-protesters in spring. As another condition of his bail, Chapman must submit to a search of his person and vehicle by any law enforcement officer at any time.

"The allegations do cause me some concern," said McCannon during the arraignment.

About ten sheriff's deputies were present for the hearing to prevent any disruptions by protesters or supporters of Chapman. Security measures at Wiley M. Manuel courthouse were heightened on Friday because of prior disruptions by right wing activists at the arraignment of Eric Clanton, a Cal State University lecturer accused of assault.

Just before his case was called, Chapman rebuffed two reporters from Reveal who attempted to ask questions. "You guys are the one's writing the hit pieces about me," he said.

Chapman then went on to blame "commies" and "international domestic terrorists" for recent violence at right-wing rallies in California and other parts of the country.

Regarding Berkeley, he said the police failed to keep right-wing and leftist protesters separated during the first two rallies and that this resulted in violent clashes. For what he called "Berkeley 3.0," the third political rally in April, Chapman said the police "finally did their job," and this resulted in "not one incidence of violence."

He also denounced recent events in Charlottesville. "They weren't uniting the right," he said about the rally that ended in one person dying after a white supremacist drove a car into dozens of counter-protesters. He derided attendees of Charlottesville as "racist alt-right fuckin' Nazis."

Chapman's next court appearance will be in Department 7 of the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse on Sept. 5.

Friday’s Briefing: Uber Is Not Coming to Oakland; White Areas Refuse to Build Affordable Housing

Plus, California is poised to begin executing inmates again.

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Aug 25, 2017 at 10:06 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss for Aug. 25, 2017:

1. Ride-hailing giant Uber has jettisoned its plans to move some of its operations to Oakland and instead intends to sell its Uptown office building, reports Blanca Torres of the San Francisco Business Times$. Uber, which has been embroiled by internal turmoil, could make a tidy profit on its Uptown property—the old Sears Building on Broadway—because downtown office real estate prices have soared in the past few years. Two downtown office buildings recently sold for nearly triple what they did in 2013.

2. White Bay Area cities and neighborhoods have been failing to build their fair share of affordable housing for years, reports Kevin Truong of the San Francisco Business Times$, citing a new study by UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute. A major part of the problem is that Bay Area planners have refused to require predominantly white areas to build affordable units. The research found “clear relationships between the number of units allocated, adjusted for population size of each city, and the racial composition of cities.”

3. California is poised to begin executing Death Row inmates again, after the state Supreme Court upheld most of Proposition 66, a statewide ballot measure that voters approved in November, reports Maura Dolan of the LA Times$. The only part of Prop 66 that the high court struck down was the mandate that death penalty appeals be completed in five years. Justices said that was an unconstitutional infringement on the court’s authority.

4. The city of Berkeley denied a permit for a white supremacist rally scheduled for Sunday in downtown, but the demonstration and counterprotests are expected to take place nonetheless, reports Emilie Raguso of Berkeleyside. Most protests in Berkeley do not obtain city permits.

5. The University of California’s upgraded computer payroll system is expected to cost at least $200 million more than originally planned, reports Patrick McGreevy of the LA Times$, citing yet another audit of UC by state Auditor Elaine Howle.

6. Richmond Mayor Tom Butt and Congressman Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, are vowing to fight the U.S. Postal Service’s plan to close the historic post office in downtown Richmond, reports Tom Lochner of the East Bay Times$.

7. U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending to reduce the size of three national monuments, including Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, the Washington Post$ reports.

8. California Assembly GOP Leader Chad Mayes was ousted from his post because of his vote for Gov. Brown’s extension of the state’s cap-and-trade climate change program, reports Melody Gutierrez of the San Francisco Chronicle$. Assemblymember Brian Dahle of Bieber (Lassen County), who voted against cap and trade, will replace Mayes.

9. And Hurricane Harvey is expected to reach Category 3 status when it slams into the Texas Gulf Coast late tonight and could bring up to 35 inches of rain to some areas over the next several days, the Washington Post$ reports.

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