VIDEO: Undercover Officers Caught Infiltrating Oakland Protests Against Police Brutality
Yesterday, it was revealed that the California Highway Patrol has been sending undercover officers to infiltrate police brutality protests in Oakland, California. The revelations came about in the wake of an incident in which an undercover cop pulled a gun on protesters, waved it at them and threatened them before reinforcements arrived. A photographer caught the scene in an image that has since gone viral.
Undercover officers reportedly told their superiors that they felt spooked by demonstrators who recognized them as cops rather than demonstrators. California Highway Patrol Chief Avery Browne told the Los Angeles Times that he would continue to assign undercover officers to the demonstrations to gather intelligence (spy) about planned actions.
In the video below, posted by the group WeCopWatch, two men who are called Roy and Devon are questioned by an off-screen interlocutor about why they are there. One claims he is there in honor of Michael Brown, says he thinks it was an injustice, but has little else to say about it. The questioner seems fairly certain that the two are cops and refers to them as "Officer" while speaking with them.