A man who became a conservative icon in 2017 for showing up armed at political rallies where antifascists and right-wing activists clashed has been found guilty of possession of a weapon at one of those rallies.
An Alameda County judge raised Chapman’s bail from $135,000 to $400,000 after he was found in possession of a weapon.
Chapman has been charged with felony possession of a leaded stick and faces up to a year in jail.
One of three men facing felony charges in connection with violence at political rallies in Berkeley this year appeared in court Friday.
Kyle Chapman, aka “Based Stickman,” was arrested Monday after he reportedly got into a fight with a skateboarder who struck him, as well as a man with a large knife, BPD says.
Berkeleyside has researched the backgrounds and stated missions of some of the people and groups involved in the April 15, 2017 rally.
The last rally for “Free Speech Week,” was uneventful. The 11 rallies in Berkeley since February, however, have catapulted some protesters to national prominence.
A right-wing rally and march and counterprotest at UC Berkeley on Tuesday afternoon ended with three arrests.
Many people are on high alert about political rallies after recent tragic events in Charlottesville.
Berkeleyside reporters and photographers were on scene at Telegraph Avenue and Bancroft Way prior for a protest and appearance by Milo Yiannopoulos and supporters.
Amid a massive police presence and tight security, conservative commentator Ben Shapiro spoke to an enthusiastic audience while protesters rallied off campus.
‘We are rightly expected to not get swept into the volatility of the crowd,’ writes BPD Chief Andy Greenwood in a report to the city.