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Trouble may show up in Berkeley, even if Ann Coulter won't

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The U.C. Berkeley campus and the city of Berkeley have both had their share of violent protests recently, and there is concern that there could be more trouble tomorrow. (KGO-TV)

The U.C. Berkeley campus and the city of Berkeley have both had their share of violent protests recently, and there is concern that there could be more trouble tomorrow.

Ann Coulter's speech may have been canceled, but school officials say they will be ready if protestors still show up as they have promised on social media.


"We have credible threats," U.C. Berkeley Police Captain Alex Yao said.

On February 1st a planned speech by Milo Yiannapoulos was canceled too, but only after a violent protest began.

RELATED: Student groups blame Coulter cancellation on Cal

The demonstration in Sproul Plaza took a violent turn minutes after a group of armed, masked protestors marched in.

PHOTOS: Demonstrations turn violent in Berkeley.


U.C. police were mostly inside the student union and on a balcony overhead during the violence, rarely venturing into the crowd.

Since then in the city of Berkeley extreme groups have squared off twice in a downtown park, exchanging punches.

There were 20 arrests last time, but some claim the riot-clad Berkeley officers didn't do enough. "There have been moments, when police are there and they appear to be doing nothing," Berkeley Police Chief Andrew Greenwood said. "You can go on YouTube and see how close people have gotten to felony assaults. That's challenging for the police to inject force into because we're held accountable for every use of force, on every person."

Though U.C. Berkeley administration and police don't know exactly what to expect Thursday, officials told us they may use a different strategy this time.

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