Anchor: ‘I Experienced Hate Firsthand…From These People Dressed in All Black at Protest in Berkeley’

By Staff | August 28, 2017 | 4:54pm EDT
Protest in Berkeley, Calif., Aug. 27, 2017. (Screen Capture)

( - Frank Somerville, a news anchor for KTVU in the San Francisco Bay Area, published an article with the San Francisco Chronicle today describing his personal experience of attending a protest in Berkeley, where left-wing protesters dressed in black, chanting they were against hate, sought to intimidate other people.

“I experienced hate firsthand today,” wrote Somerville. “It came from these people dressed in all black at a protest in Berkeley. Ironically they were all chanting about no hate.

“Some had shields and gloves. Some had helmets. Some had gas masks,” wrote Somerville. “I was watching them and taking it all in. I came there on my own time. Because I wanted to see things first hand. I was dressed in shorts and a tank top.”

Somerville describes a verbal altercation he had with a group of the dressed-in-black protesters when he took out his cellphone to take a photo of what was going on.

“It's one thing to read about hate,” Somerville said. “It's another thing to be right next to it. In my opinion, these people dressed in black are just as hateful and intolerant as the people they are protesting against.

“Afterward I was talking to several other protesters (not dressed in black),” he said. “One of them actually stood up for me as the people dressed in black were threatening me. I was touched. They were just as disappointed as I was. They said that the people dressed in black represent a small minority and that they ‘hijack’ the protests. And I agree.”

You can read Somerville’s full story by clicking here.

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