Calif. police radios fail during Obama visit
Many of the 100 officers assigned to handle presidential security were unable to communicate with dispatch
Many of the 100 Oakland officers assigned to handle presidential security were unable to communicate with the Police Department dispatch center for a time during Monday's presidential fundraiser at the Fox Theater.
Lt. Fred Mestas says that lasted about 30 minutes. He called the situation a "train wreck."
The radios failed altogether shortly after the president left.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports the officers were unable to communicate as protesters roamed Oakland streets.
The radio system has been plagued by breakdowns and dead zones that have left officers' digital radios prone to blackouts across the city and in most commercial buildings.
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