The Palo Alto Police Department assisted Oakland police Tuesday (Oct. 25) during the "Occupy Oakland" protests in which an Iraq War veteran was critically injured, Sgt. Kara Apple confirmed Thursday.
Palo Alto sent 10 officers trained in crowd control and tactics, two lieutenants and the department's Mobile Emergency Operations Center (MEOC) in response to the Oakland-based protests that are a part of the growing "Occupy Wall Street" movement.
Daly City resident and Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen, 24, was injured during an evening protest after being hit in the head with a tear-gas container, according to reports. The Oakland Police Department continues to investigate the incident.
Apple said that CS (tear) gas canisters were used by Palo Alto police during the protest in response to demonstrators who were throwing objects at police. The Palo Alto Police Department uses CS canisters that are deployed by hand, Apple said. The canisters do not explode but rather burn CS gas internally and then emit smoke.
Palo Alto police do not use rubber bullets, she added.
Oakland police officers in riot gear used less-than-lethal munitions on about 300 protesters Tuesday night after a day of police raids and riots when "Occupy Oakland" campers were evicted from a city plaza at Broadway and 14th Street, an Oakland police spokeswoman said.
Seventy-nine arrests had been made Tuesday morning at the encampment.
During a protest Tuesday night many officers were assaulted, doused and hit with hazardous materials and struck by large rocks and bottles that had been thrown at them, Oakland police spokeswoman Cynthia Perkins said.
Oakland police had put out a "mutual aid" request to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, which in turn asked the various police departments in the county what personnel and assets they could provide. Oakland police requested mutual aid from several other counties as well, Apple said. No one from the Palo Alto Police Department was injured during the protest, she said.
The "Occupy Oakland" demonstrators announced that they would return to the plaza every night at 6 p.m. to continue the protest. At a media briefing Tuesday night, interim Oakland police Chief Howard Jordan said there were more than 1,000 protesters at the height of the clashes.
A vigil for Olsen was planned for Thursday (Oct. 27) evening, according to organizers for Occupy Oakland and Iraq Veterans Against the War.