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Press Release: The City of Berkeley Police Department’s (BPD) Involvement in Occupy Oakland Dispersal

From Sergeant Mary C. Kusmiss, BPD Public Information Officer
Wednesday October 26, 2011 - 03:10:00 PM

The Oakland Police Department (OPD) requested mutual aid through the Alameda County Mutual Aid Coordinator, who in turn requested mutual aid from various law enforcement agencies within the county. The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) is the Operational Area Mutual Aid Coordinating entity. The basis of the request was that OPD was unable to address and manage the situation safely (and take care of the City of Oakland) with their internal resources. 


On the night of Tuesday, October 25, 2011, BPD sent one (1) squad of 12 BPD officers, 2 sergeants and a Lieutenant. Our level of involvement was minimal. We served as outer perimeter and traffic control. BPD officers were not involved in any use of tear gas or any other form of non-lethal force.