Berkeley, Oakland Protests: Protesters Say Undercover Officers Tried To Incite Looting [UPDATE]

Steph Bazzle

UPDATE: Oakland Police have identified the outside agency involved in the Oakland-Berkeley protest arrests and alleged looting incitement as California Highway Patrol.

— Lt. Chris Bolton (@OPDChris) December 11, 2014

— Lt. Chris Bolton (@OPDChris) December 11, 2014

In Berkeley and Oakland, protests Wednesday night came to an abrupt halt when two undercover officers say they were forced to begin making arrests. Protesters, however, say that before being unmasked, the officers were banging on windows and trying to get protesters to riot and loot.

— mary mad (@marymad) December 11, 2014

— TheAnonMessage (@TheAnonMessage) December 11, 2014

The details as told by those in the protests, though, are disturbing. According to them, as the marches proceeded through Berkeley and Oakland, the two masked officers banged on windows and attempted to devolve protests into looting and rioting. Privacy SOS says that, according to protesters' stories, some became suspicious and pulled one man's mask off. The officer then pulled out his baton, and the other officer was punched in the face.

NBC shares the story from the officers' side, and there's little difference in the facts as stated, except that the story begins when protesters attack the officer, rather than with a tale of why they attacked.

There may be evidence of the officers inciting looting on cell phone video taken during the protests, though. On Twitter, several of the Berkeley and Oakland protesters are discussing whether to post said video publicly or reserve it for legal counsel.

— Morpheus Ravenna (@MorpheusRavenna) December 11, 2014

— Lt. Chris Bolton (@OPDChris) December 11, 2014

— Lt. Chris Bolton (@OPDChris) December 11, 2014

— Lt. Chris Bolton (@OPDChris) December 11, 2014

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