We have received several inquiries regarding the City of Berkeley's response to the City of Oakland's request for Mutual Aid assistance with recent events in and around Frank Ogawa Plaza.
The following are responses to the questions we have received.
Question: Did Oakland ask the City for mutual aid?
Response: The Oakland Police Department requested mutual aid through the Alameda County Mutual Aid Coordinator, who in turn requested mutual aid from various agencies within the county. The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is the Operational Area Mutual Aid Coordinating entity.
Question: What was the basis for the request?
Response: Inability to address the situation with internal resources
Question: How many officers responded?
Response: 1 Squad of 12 Officers, 2 Sergeants, 1 Lieutenant
Question: What was the level of involvement?
Response: Outer perimeter and traffic control
Question: Were they involved in tear gassing demonstrators or use any other non-lethal force?