By Tim Hunt
Pleasanton police vehicles damaged in Oakland protestUploaded: Nov 10, 2016
Earlier today I wrote that the Pleasanton City Council elections were not surprising.
I did overlook one election-related surprise---seeing damaged Pleasanton police units in Oakland on KTVU this morning.
I reached out to the police and Cpt. Craig Eggers called me back with the information. Pleasanton sent a squad of one supervisor and five officers to Oakland as part of a countywide mutual aid call to deal with the post-election protest. The Pleasanton officers were stationed away from the main action on Broadway, but then got caught up when the vandals left the main protest to start destroying property.
All three Pleasanton units were damaged, one somewhat badly with a hole punched in the windshield, a dented hood and some interior damage. All can be repaired and the city will bear the cost.
Eggers explained that no costs are reimbursed for mutual aid unless the governor calls a state of emergency necessary to respond to a natural disaster like an earthquake or a flood.