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Pleasanton police cars damaged during anti-Trump protest in Oakland

Department sending officers to Oakland again Thursday afternoon

Three unoccupied Pleasanton police cars were among the vehicles damaged during a presidential-election protest in Oakland on Wednesday evening, the department confirmed Thursday as it prepared to send another team of officers to Oakland to assist the law enforcement response there.

The vandalism occurred while Pleasanton officers were in Oakland assisting other law enforcement during a protest against the election of Donald Trump as the next United States president, according to Crime Prevention Community Service Officer Shannon Revel-Whitaker. The officers weren’t present when their cars were damaged, and no Pleasanton police officers were injured.

The damage consisted of spray paint and glass being smashed in, Revel-Whitaker said, adding that she did not know more specific details about the incident.

The Pleasanton Police Department sent a team of six officers to the Oakland protest Wednesday night after receiving a request for mutual aid from the city of Oakland.

Oakland officials made that same request Thursday in anticipation of more protesting expected in the evening, and Revel-Whitaker confirmed that six to 10 Pleasanton officers would head over shortly.

“Protecting our city comes first and whatever we can afford to give, we give,” she said.

Oakland leaders were calling for unity Thursday afternoon as anti-Trump demonstrations continued throughout the Bay Area. Wednesday’s protest, which saw an estimated 7,000 people marching in downtown Oakland, escalated to violence and vandalism as the night went on. Thirty people were arrested, 20 businesses vandalized and eight people injured including three police officers, according to Oakland police.

Besides the Pleasanton Police Department, officers from Livermore and 10 other law enforcement agencies were called in to assist Wednesday.

Editor’s note: Information from Bay City News Service was used in this story.

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25 people like this
Posted by Briidget
a resident of Birdland
on Nov 10, 2016 at 4:25 pm

First and foremost, I am very glad that no Pleasanton officers were injured. But, my second question is this - who pays for this damage? And who is paying for the Pleasanton police officers time, etc?


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Posted by Brad
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Nov 10, 2016 at 5:05 pm

Three simple words enable law enforcement to stop all lawless riots...shoot to kill


7 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 10, 2016 at 6:16 pm

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Were any weapons or other property stolen from the unoccupied Pleasanton police cars?


19 people like this
Posted by MC
a resident of Birdland
on Nov 10, 2016 at 7:51 pm

Why do we still provide mutual aid to OPD? No reason to put PPD officers' lives at risk to stop property damage in Oakland. With violent crime up over 40% and property crime up over 30% in Pleasanton all available officers should be deployed here.

Mutual aid makes sense for neighboring cities and police departments not one 20 miles away that's chronically understaffed due to incompetent city leadership elected by their residents.


27 people like this
Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Nov 10, 2016 at 9:23 pm

WHAT!!! We don't have enough officers at any given time protecting our own streets, what gives with that?? Call out the national guard to handle those hoodlums and leave our officers alone. Peaceful protests maybe ok but pillaging and starting fires are not, it's time to crack some heads and lock them up.


26 people like this
Posted by Law & order American
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 10, 2016 at 11:34 pm

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We should be in same county as SanRamon, we have nothing in common with Oakland. So now we P town have 3 damaged police cars to repair! how distant neighborly of us!
Sadly while writing this, tv saying Milpitas students were protesting election results, and nitwit principal denounced Trump! He's UNFIT to ever be on a CA campus again. I can see on the news report it is a diverse student body. It would have been an appropriate opportunity for him to have EXPLAINED just HOW democracy works as spelled out in Constitution, since obviously our election process is foreign to them !!! BUT Ca gov makes me pay for them with benefits, and freebies. Nowhere does it say it's my duty to transfer my paycheck to people who don't want to honor rights and PERSONAL Responsibilities of being an American...citizen or 'guest' Rioting against our system should not be allowed on any public campus of learning.


14 people like this
Posted by John
a resident of Del Prado
on Nov 11, 2016 at 6:53 am

Why Pleasanton even had officers in Oakland is beyond me.
A whole lot of those out there protesting Trump don't give a rip about HIM, they are ticked off because they are going to get their free benefits taken away and will have to actually work to get them back.
There is plenty of highway trash to pick up and sidewalks to sweep so they better get themselves ready to do something for the benefits they get.


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Posted by EnoughAlready
a resident of Birdland
on Nov 11, 2016 at 9:00 am

These so called "protesters" are not there to protest the election results, but simply seeking any excuse to create chaos. Think of the poor business owners who work so hard everyday, now now having their shops vandalized and damaged. These protesters are losers with nothing better to do.
Also, the media is just as bad in glamorizing these protests. If the media just simple report and not make so "entertaining", perhaps it would die down.


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Posted by Roy
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 11, 2016 at 10:08 am

I say no more mutual aid until the City of Oakland insist those arrested be punished to the maximum no ore small citations and let go immediately. Also they need to arrest anyone violating the law at once. No more waiting until it gets out of hand, These are not politically involved citizens they are vandals who would be doing the same thing in celebration if Hillary won. By the way where are Hillary and Obama condemning this sort of activity.


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Posted by carlos
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Nov 11, 2016 at 10:12 am

Mutual aid is important. It wouldn't take long for a crowd to overwhelm the PPD. The question is: Why are these anti-american hoodlums aloud to become violent while protesting against democracy?


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Posted by JC
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 11, 2016 at 1:57 pm

One can only speculate the riot of chaos from Trump supporters if Clinton had won. After all, Mr. Trump all but threatened upheaval if the "rigged" election had not gone his way. Such hypocrisy; time to give it a rest, Trump supporters.


22 people like this
Posted by FrequentWalkerMiles
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 11, 2016 at 2:46 pm

We all should remember the horrific, mutli-city, wide spread race riots of 2008 and 2012 that followed the elections, perpetrated by McCain and Romney supporters which lasted for weeks before they were suppressed by federal troops.

I'm glad "JC" remembers all that well, and thus be able to speculate what would have happened had the latest election gone the other way. Thank you "JC", the rest of us clearly have too short of memory.


21 people like this
Posted by Chris
a resident of Birdland
on Nov 11, 2016 at 3:55 pm

I find it interesting that everyone is more concerned about the vandalism of some Pleasanton police cars over the safety of the PEOPLE of Oakland. You are wondering who is going to pay and you are irritated that our Pleasanton police officers would be helping a neighboring community of officers that need help. Wow....just wow. Really, this whole threat says a lot, and it's not something to be proud of.


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Posted by Get the Facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 11, 2016 at 4:27 pm

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Chris, you are soooo right. Too many people concerned about OUR officers and OUR police cars, but what about Oakland officers and Oakland residents? When in need, our officers help each other.

This is part of the bigger problem, too many of us worried about ourselves and not the greater good. I live AND work in Pleasanton, but I am not just concerned about Pleasanton, but I am concerned about people and issues in other cities, counties, states and countries.

Thank you Pleasanton PD for sacrificing and help our our brothers and sisters in Oakland.


15 people like this
Posted by KW
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Nov 11, 2016 at 8:32 pm

And "Chris" and "Get the Facts" are the only ones who truly understand...Geeze Ptowners, really? A little snooty and self absorbed for sure! What happened to supporting our brothers and sisters....Hate breeds hates breeds hate....


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 11, 2016 at 8:39 pm

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I Remain concerned if any weapons were stolen from the unoccupied police cars.
Weapons that could be used in crime and or to harm or kill innocent people as in the Kate Steinle death.


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Posted by MC
a resident of Birdland
on Nov 12, 2016 at 9:20 am

@chris,
So it's okay to risk PPD officer safety (they are people too) because you are worried about property damage (in Oakland but not to PPD cars)? As far as the people of Oakland staying safe during the riots it's pretty easy. Stay off of the streets during the "protests." I worked in downtown Oakland and many businesses close early and send everyone home when they expect civil unrest.

Oakland created the environment that leads to these riots. City leadership that attacks their own police department, a former mayor and city council members joining the protests and different use of force rules for their officers. PPD officers should not be subjected to animals throwing rocks, bricks and bottles and shooting fireworks at them.


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Posted by Get the Facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2016 at 9:34 am

Get the Facts is a registered user.

"Oakland created the environment that leads to these riots." WTH? I know numerous Oakland residents and none of them contributed to the creation of this environment.

"PPD officers should not be subjected..." Neither should Oakland PD, or any PD be subjected to this kind of treatment. But this is what they sign up for, the different departments are there to help each other out, and I greatly respect police officers for the thankless work they do, like this, that people like myself do not want to do.

"...to animals throwing rocks..." Really? "Animals"? I agree many of these people are idiotic, but calling them names and categorizing them will not help.




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Posted by Portland
a resident of Birdland
on Nov 12, 2016 at 10:14 am

Oakland is literally a dump site. One of the most violent cities in the nation year after year. Always in the top 5 for homicides. These are not protesters but rather criminals who are only interested in destroying things. Oakland leadership did create this baby as did many democratic run cities across the nation. Oakland, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Baltimore all have democratic or should I say liberal leadership or lack thereof.

Michael Austin. I grew up in Oakland and there are guns everywhere so they don't need to steal from police cars and the only thing in a police car is a Remington 870 tactical shotgun which is of no value to a gangbanger.

Mark my words there will be more "Portlands" like last night where a guy and his family were accosted by protesters and he got out and started shooting.


3 people like this
Posted by Concerned
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Nov 12, 2016 at 10:47 am

It was upsetting to see the damaged PPD vehicles on the news from the Oakland protests. As asked in previous postings, who is paying for the damage? I know we went in as Mutual Aid supporters but for us to absorb the costs of repairs is wrong. The OPD should be responsible or if they arrested the knuckle headed protestors who did the damage, let them pay for it our of their own pockets.


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Posted by public temper tantrums
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2016 at 3:26 pm

The problem is that Trump ran a better campaign, the Clintons have spent decades engaging in Pay-to-Play politics, and the Democratic National Committee squashed the better candidate's campaign. Bernie should have been the nominee.

Instead, they chose "congenital liar" Hillary Clinton (described as such by New York Times columnist William Safire in 1996). Find the column online. It is called Blizzard of Lies or something like that.

Clinton could not escape her sordid history as encapsulated by this extremely effective advertisement that says it all in 31 seconds.
Web Link

Now those that are angry at Trump can't seem to control themselves and are engaging in a public temper tantrums, vandalizing property, and placing people and lives at risk.

Having a defective candidate (Hillary) on the ticket that represents old establishment-like ideas and the pay-to-play politics game rather than have someone with ideas and energy like Bernie on the ticket was incredibly stupid of the Democratic Party.

If people could not vote for Bernie, they voted for Trump instead.


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Posted by Get the Facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2016 at 7:38 pm

Get the Facts is a registered user.

So some posters here falsely think the destruction of property is due to partisan politics. It is due to idiotic behavior of opportunistic individuals who want to cause this violence and destruction, and probably didn't even vote. The EXACT same thing would have happened if Clinton was elected president, though I would guess less so here in blue California more so in red areas around the country.

Let's please stick to the topic and not blame this destruction on Clinton or Trump.


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Posted by public temper tantrums
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2016 at 7:59 pm

These people rioting are probably a close match to the "Occupy Wall Street" people destroying property a few years ago that Obama encouraged (Too bad these people didn't seem to mind Hillary making millions on speeches given to Goldman Sachs.)

Over the years, Democrats have suffered from many stereotypes — riots, big-city bosses, etc. Obama's encouraging reaction to Occupy Wall Street and disorder reveals a gap of perceptions in America. Those that set fires, throw rocks, and engage brutal clashes with police are nothing more than thugs.


5 people like this
Posted by Get the Facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2016 at 8:22 pm

Get the Facts is a registered user.

Again, blaming this on partisan politics is really missing the point.

"Obama's encouraging reaction to Occupy Wall Street" Really?

"Too bad these people didn't seem to mind Hillary making millions on speeches given to Goldman Sachs." Is this really a big deal? All ex-presidents do this now. Web Link

Again, let's not blame politics for this, and stick to the subject.


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Posted by Dan
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Nov 13, 2016 at 3:31 pm

Get the facts,

To implore that we not blame this on partisan politics is the height of cognitive dissonance.

I don't remember the Tea Party rioting in the streets after Obama was elected.

And btw what's happened over the last few days is "rioting", not protesting.


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Posted by Get the Facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 13, 2016 at 8:49 pm

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First off, I agree that we are speaking of rioting. Though there is protesting going on too, what is we all despite is the rioting.

"I don't remember the Tea Party rioting in the streets after Obama was elected." We're talking about Democrats and Republicans here, not tea partiers. But to be fair, there was not riots or significant protests, to my recollection.

"To implore that we not blame this on partisan politics is the height of cognitive dissonance." Wow, way to throw out big words most of us would never use in a sentence or conversation. But after looking at the definition and trying to dissect what this sentence means, I will say that I am not imploring anyone, simply asking, that we not blame partisan politics. These are, as you said, rioters, who probably didn't vote and simply want to cause trouble.


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Posted by Demicrats
a resident of Castlewood
on Nov 13, 2016 at 9:32 pm

The Democratic Party is now only a regional party. 43% of all democratic senators and reps come from 3 states. California, New York and Mass. all of the rioting is coming in Democratically held cities and the President has said nothing. Hard to say it is not political. K63m5


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Nov 14, 2016 at 7:32 am

@Demicrats :"43% of all democratic senators and reps come from 3 states. California, New York and Mass."

Uhhhhh......No.


3 people like this
Posted by AR15
a resident of Stoneridge
on Nov 14, 2016 at 9:24 am

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I agree with most of the above, but now we know who is responsible for the violence
and destruction. Answer.com is a far left protest org funded by the likes of Soros, Michael Moore, Al Sharpton etc. This org somehow operates as a non-profit foundation, with non-taxed donations under Obama's IRS. These people are committed radical commie-socialists, anarchists, revolutionaries and flag burners. They are traitors who are dedicated to bringing down our government by attacking the economy and promoting violence.
We have the right to peaceable assembly and protest, but lawbreakers need to be arrested and charged. There is never any excuse to block traffic, bring commerce to a halt, and disrupt the lives of the people. Personal property is being destroyed, and the taxpayer will foot the bill. The national guard should have been called out at the beginning. And yes, Obama, Hilary, and Sanders should be calling for an end to the violence, their followers are responsible, and it is incumbent upon them to speak out.


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 14, 2016 at 11:24 am

Michael Austin is a registered user.

I called Congressman Swalwell local office and spoke with staff member whose name is Ivan.

I asked why isn't
congressman Swalwell nd other members of the democratic leadership not stepping up and demanding an end to the riots in the cities.

Ivan responded "it is not in congressman Swalwell's district".


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Posted by Get the Facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 14, 2016 at 5:05 pm

Get the Facts is a registered user.

"The Democratic Party is now only a regional party" I disagree. Clinton won the popular vote, and lost some key states by very thin margins.

"...the President has said nothing" Neither has the president-elect (sorry, 60 Minutes doesn't count). Both should be condemning this, all leaders should be speaking out.


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