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Kyle Chapman, aka Based Stickman, has been charged with taking a “lead stick” to the March 4th “March 4 Trump” rally, in Berkeley, California.
Chapman, who was clearly wielding a wooden stick in all pictures and footage of the incident, called the charge “trumped up bogus.”
On Friday, an Alameda County judge set Chapman’s bail at $135,000 and ordered him to be held in custody until he can pay it, as well as telling him that he must stay away from the Berkeley park where many other political battles took place over the course of the year.
An August 17th Facebook post by Chapman notes that he believes that he is “being set up by Alameda County.”
Chapman said that the initial charges were put in place because they were “fabricating a case against me to stop me from speaking at Boston. I never had a lead pipe or a leaded stick.” Many are now speculating that the actual arrest was an attempt to stop Chapman from attending the “No To Marxism” rally that was scheduled for Sunday in Berkeley.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the permit for Sunday’s event was denied by the city due to the “totality of circumstances” preventing them from being able to safely host the event. Many people, including Chapman himself, have vowed to show up at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park regardless.
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