A leader of tree-sitters who oppose a proposed athletic training center next to UC Berkeley's Memorial Stadium was charged Monday with two felony counts of threatening a police officer. Zachary Runningwolf Brown, 44, was arrested Friday after he threatened to shoot a campus police officer, said UC Assistant Police Chief Mitch Celaya. Celaya said that Brown told the officer: "You're going to get yours. ... We're going to do what we have to do. ... We're going to shoot you (expletive)."
Brown supporter Terri Compost said Brown's remarks to the officer "may have been referring to karma or the Mayan calendar. 'You're going to get yours' can be interpreted a lot of ways. ... I think they're just messing with him because he's been outspoken about this poorly planned project." Brown was also arrested Dec. 16 for trespassing. The former Berkeley mayoral candidate climbed into a redwood tree Dec. 2 to protest the plan to remove trees to build a $125 million training center.