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.