3 Arrested After Protestors Gather at UC Berkeley During Conservative Speaker Ben Shapiro’s Appearance

Police close off Sproul Hall in Berkeley on September 14, 2017. (Credit: Javier Panzar/Los Angeles Times)

As conservative commentator Ben Shapiro spoke at UC Berkeley on Thursday, a large group of demonstrators marched around the campus amid intense security triggered by a recent series of violent clashes between far-left and far-right protesters.

Berkeley police warned drivers to expect traffic delays in the area, where large swaths of the campus were closed off by law enforcement officers, many dressed in riot gear.

Authorities arrested at least three people for carrying banned weapons. Before the event, police temporarily banned sticks, pipes, poles and anything else they said could be used to riot.

One of the three held, 20-year-old Hannah Benjamin, was also arrested on suspicion of battery on a police officer, Berkeley police said.

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