Mountain View police are wearing black bands across their badges this week to honor their fallen colleagues in Oakland after four officers were shot dead Saturday in encounters with a parolee.
Everyone at the Mountain View police station has been distraught in the days following the tragedy, and local police are wearing the bands as a "sign of respect for the fallen officers," said Mountain View police spokesperson Liz Wylie.
On Saturday, two Oakland officers were fatally shot by a parolee during a routine traffic stop. The parolee, Lovelle Mixon, fled on foot to his sister's Oakland apartment, where he killed two more SWAT officers during a shootout before police shot him to death.
Wylie said Mountain View police officers will wear the bands until the funeral for the Oakland officers, which will be held Friday, March 27, at 11 a.m. at the Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland. A contingent of Mountain View officers will attend the service, Wylie added, which they traditionally do for fallen Bay Area cops.
Officers from the two departments attend statewide trainings together, and Wylie said many local cops are friendly with their colleagues in Oakland.