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Undercover CHP Officers Outed, Attacked by Protesters

December 12, 2014  | 

Protesters attacked two undercover California Highway Patrol officers who were attempting to infiltrate a demonstration against police brutality in Oakland after they were outed, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

When the protesters called the two men out as law enforcement officers, a man punched the shorter officer in the back of the head and ended up struggling with him on the ground, said Avery Browne, chief of CHP's Golden Gate Division.

The crowd of "about 30 to 50" continued to advance, and the officer "transitioned from his baton to his firearm," according to Browne. He then pointed the gun at the protesters and panned the crowd to keep them away from him and his partner, who was still on the ground fighting with an attacker. A woman then kicked the officer in the head. The officer suffered head injuries and is displaying concussion-like symptoms.

"'Chief, I didn't know if I was going to make it out of this thing alive,'" Browne said the other officer told him. "'They were coming after us, they had already punched my partner in the head. I didn't know if we were going to make it out alive.'"

Browne said the agency and other police departments have had plainclothes officers dressed in protester attire walking in these marches since the first demonstration Nov. 24, and he said they will continue to employ this tactic despite Tuesday's incident.

He said before the officers were outed Tuesday, they were able to collect enough information to prevent four more freeway shutdown attempts.


Comments (13)

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Forrest @ 12/12/2014 3:19 PM

So the officer had a weapon drawn on the crowd and did not fire once the attack continued against his partner?

I'd sure hate to be his partner moving forward... In the military we call those guys Blue Falcons and we beat the living hell out of them once the sun goes down.

Nate @ 12/12/2014 8:29 PM

Yeah but as much hate that is being directed towards police officers over shootings it could have made it much worse. I would not be surprised if several people in that crowd were carrying concealed. It's a different world for police than it is for the military. That being said, thank you for your service Forrest.

Tom Ret @ 12/13/2014 7:35 AM

Police need a contingency plan when this happens so that if the officers are compromised and being attacked, a group of cops can respond and kick ass.
This soft approach is not working and we are headed toward anarchy.

Dan @ 12/13/2014 10:25 AM

@ Forrest Gump, you're retarded. I'm guessing you must have had your ass beat as a blue falcon. This story is obviously missing some details. Way to Monday morning quarter back this situation and make yourself look like a tough guy. I bet you would have crapped your pants in this officers situation. That being said Tom Ret had much better comments. However, again, this story is missing a lot of detail. It doesn't even specify which officer was "then kicked in the head," let alone how the situation came to an end.

kevCopAz @ 12/13/2014 10:32 AM

I agree that the story was poorly written. I would think this publication could and would do better.

Capt. Crunch @ 12/13/2014 11:48 AM

What ever was said or happened we have to give these CHP officers and other uncover officers credit for having the courage to mix in a crowd of protesters that are in favor of criminal activity. The next time around I hope the police use their water tanks on the protesters or other resources, because these California protesters know the police will treat them "kid gloves".

TERRY F. ZECH VAPD (RET) @ 12/13/2014 12:53 PM

They had to have back up somewhere you don't send in undercovers without some sort of out plan. If they did they should fire the boss. Two agains 30-50 people is not good odds even with 45 and 45 friends on board. Course the story doesn't say how they got out of the situation that would be nice to see.

Dan @ 12/14/2014 3:13 PM

I like this guy that's impersonating kevCopAz. Too funny.

Donutplz @ 12/15/2014 6:37 AM

Sounds like there should have been a vehicle or two running over/through the crowd, and then "Hit them again".

Donutplz @ 12/15/2014 6:37 AM

With just knowing what is in the article, I agree not shooting was a better choice. Had shots been fired I honestly believe it would have been much worse.

NightJack @ 12/15/2014 8:42 AM

Forrest, I know you;ve worked in some sketchy areas being in the military, but not sure if you've worked in Oakland? Two officers in a crowd of 30-50 was probably more like 100-150. And in Oakland, I guarantee there were a few protestors in the crowd with guns on their persons. One shot fired by the officer, these two UC's wouldn't have made it out alive.

Dan @ 12/15/2014 10:12 AM

Nightjack, let's be honest Forrest would have killed all those protestors with one bullet because anybody who talks about their military experience on an online forum must have been elite.

krisnlc @ 12/16/2014 2:30 PM

Forrest you are would not be a good partner if it is your expectation to fire on persons each time.

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