EMERYVILLE, Calif. — Two boys, ages 14 and 16, were arrested Friday night after a woman trying to get her stolen phone back was attacked and an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer who came to her aid was choked unconscious, police said Monday.
The violent attacks happened about 8 p.m. Friday at the Bay Street Mall.
Police said a 24-year-old woman who had her cell phone stolen earlier confronted a group of juveniles she believed were responsible.
Police said there were about eight in the group and that they became aggressive toward the woman and began pushing her.
Police said an off-duty CHP officer saw the woman being attacked and tried to intervene. The group of juveniles then became aggressive with him and began assaulting him with their fists and feet, police said.
The officer was struck multiple times and was choked unconscious, police said. He was able to regain consciousness and pepper-sprayed a juvenile who was continuing to attack him.
I can’t blame the cop for getting in the melee and receiving injuries: He is a cop and felt his duty calling. But for us, specially those living in places like Oakland where the packs of predators roam free with the unspoken blessing of the mayor, the only thing we can do is avoid where they gather. And if we arrive to a location and suddenly see the “yutes” congregated. we are better off going somewhere else.
I really do not see a way to survive something like this unscathed, physically, legally and any other way by using deadly force.