Oakland Police Unable to Respond to High Volume of Emergency Calls Friday Night, But Were Able to Send Multiple Officers to Occupy Party
The Oakland police department received more calls for help then the fully staffed Friday night shift was able to respond to, according to this report by the SFexaminer. With more than 145 calls left standing, OPD found the resources to send multiple cruisers and officers to a peaceful celebration being held by Occupy Oaklanders.
According to the report, the department had 125 calls standing by 6:30pm, by 8:30 the number of unanswered calls jumped to 146. The lack of resources did not prevent 5+ officers to make an unwelcome appearance at Fox Park, on 19th & Telegraph where a group of ‘Occupiers’ were celebrating the release of a couple of formerly incarcerated comrades.
“We regret that we were unable to meet the demand during peak periods, and will review causes and potential solutions to mitigate future occurrences,” read a statement from the department Saturday morning.
The officers, who showed up at around 9:15pm, did not confront the party goers, however they did remain on the scene for up to 40 minutes. At least one officer remained for more than an hour, sitting in his patrol car seemingly working on a laptop computer.