Reprinted from the Oakland Tribune
Up to 180 people involved in Emeryville bar brawl
By Harry Harris
EMERYVILLE -- A brawl at Kitty's bar early Friday involving up to 180 people spilled onto the streets, prompting overwhelmed Emeryville police who were being punched and having bottles thrown at them to call for mutual aid before order finally was restored, authorities said.
"It was an ugly scene," Emeryville Sgt. Fred Dauer said.
One Emeryville officer was injured, and at least two people were arrested. At least 30 officers from Oakland, Berkeley, the California Highway Patrol and UC Berkeley police responded to assist the five Emeryville officers on the scene, that department's entire contingent of officers on duty.
The chaos began about 1:25 a.m. when acting Emeryville Sgt. Richard Lee was flagged down by security guards at the bar at 6702 Hollis St. The guards reported a large fight inside involving patrons with knives and guns.
Lee observed up to 180 people inside fighting with bottles and other weapons, police said, and called for the four other Emeryville police officers working to respond.
The fighting spilled onto the street, and police saw numerous people being attacked and left bloodied. As Emeryville police were trying to break up the fighting, they were attacked by the crowd, police said.
Three officers were assaulted, including one who suffered minor injuries when he was punched in the face.
When the unruly crowd began throwing bottles at the officers and tried to free some brawlers who had been
detained, a call for mutual aid was made and the other police agencies responded.
"It was very nice to get that response," Dauer said.
With the help of the extra officers, the crowd finally was dispersed and the situation declared under control at 1:45 a.m.
Dauer said that even though the security guards reported seeing guns, police heard no gunfire and there were no reports of anyone having been shot.
Dauer said there have been problems at the bar before, but nothing like Friday's incident. He said the bar may have been having a theme night of some kind, but it was not known what touched off the fight.
"It started small and grew very quickly," he said.
No one could be reached at the establishment Friday morning for comment.