Press Contact: Mary Kusmiss, Sergeant/PIO/BPD S-6, (510) 981-5780
CITY OF BERKELEY POLICE DEPARTMENT PARTICIPATION IN OCCUPY CAL
The Evening of November 9, 2011
Berkeley, California (Thursday, November 10, 2011) - “There has been widespread confusion as to the law enforcement entities that were involved in the Occupy Cal events of last evening, Wednesday, November 9, 2011. Members of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) were not part of any mutual aid or assistance at Occupy Cal events of last evening/night. BPD has received many calls and emails with feedback about our presence there. Out of respect and policy, BPD defer to UCPD to speak to their jurisdiction, activities and what assistance they sought.”
“The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) did manage the protest/demonstration during a part of the afternoon of November 9, 2011 when the group of several hundred Occupy Cal participants marched onto City of Berkeley streets which are our jurisdiction. Groups have often done this when protesting or demonstrating in the past. BPD had bike officers, motor officers, parking enforcement officers and patrol officers to maintain community safety, the safety of participants, officer safety and to monitor the group for any unlawful activity. There was much verbal energy but no arrests were made. It went fairly smoothly. BPD managed the march until the group returned to UC campus.”
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