But there were no major confrontations between Coulter's supporters and opponents, largely because of a significant police presence and the fact that members of an extremist left-wing group did not show up to provoke clashes.
"Many of the individuals and organizations which planned to protest Ann Coulter's appearance or support it still intend to come to campus", UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said.
"I'm not speaking. But I'm going to be near there, so I might swing by to say hello to my supporters who have flown in from all around the country", Coulter said in an email. Yet police geared up to deal with fringe political groups and rioters who have clashed there before - at another conservative speaker's canceled event.
Coulter, one America's best-known and most polarizing pundits on the political right, cast blame on conservative student organizers who withdrew their invitation following their dispute with university officials. Nationalist Movement. Moreover, even the determination that a speaker's appearance is likely to provoke a violent reaction-based on previously articulated views-is itself violative of the First Amendment, since the Court also noted that "l$3 isteners' reaction to speech is not a content-neutral basis for regulation".
As for Coulter, Pagadara said the university should have let her speak.
Berkeley police announced two arrests by 1 p.m; one person for carrying a knife on campus and another for obstructing or delaying a police officer, wearing a mask and giving false identification.
The crowds eventually swelled to several hundreds people, Berkeleyside reported.
A few dozen supporters of President Donald Trump and conservative commentator Ann Coulter converged on a park in downtown Berkeley for a peaceful gathering as two dozen police officers looked on.
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Officials at UC Berkeley said last week they feared renewed violence on campus if Coulter followed through with plans to speak.
There's no Ann Coulter speech planned. Coulter said she could not make it then and accused the school of trying to limit her audience by choosing a date that fell in a study week ahead of final exams.
The American Civil Liberties Union's national legal director says "unacceptable threats of violence" that led to the cancellation of Ann Coulter's speech at the University of California, Berkeley are inconsistent with free speech principles that protect people from government overreach.
"If she does not show we will have our own speech", Stickman told The Daily Caller.
I understand the argument that hateful speech and serious misinformation shouldn't be allowed to linger unchecked, like a miasma that corrupts everything it touches. The speech was supposed to be heavily protested with threats of violence from anarchists and other leftist groups.
The University of California, Berkeley says it's preparing for possible violence on campus whether Ann Coulter comes to speak or not.
Earlier that day, a police helicopter could be seen on local TV hovering above the park.
Earlier Friday morning, on "New Day", after a clip of Bell interviewing self-proclaimed "alt-right" personality Richard Spencer, Bell discussed the current racial climate with the hosts before segueing into a conversation about Coulter. "If the police do their job today, we can just sit here and watch", he said, adding that he and his friends were not there to provoke or instigate. In recent weeks, the antifascist groups in the area have stopped posting on public forums, as authorities in Berkeley and elsewhere have begun focusing attention on them and their violent responses to the provocation of conservatives.