OAKLAND -- Police officers will be stationed at all future City Council meetings after a 20-year-old man was arrested Tuesday night for reportedly jumping on top of the dais during a public hearing, officials said Wednesday.
Dante Cano was arrested on suspicion of disturbing a public meeting and trespassing. Because he apparently has outstanding warrants, he was being held in lieu of $70,000 bail at Santa Rita Jail and is due in court Thursday.
The incident happened before 7 p.m. Tuesday inside the chambers at City Hall while council members were discussing a West Oakland development project. No police were in the chambers at the time.
Cano, who was wearing a backpack and baseball cap, jumped a table and then went toward the dais screaming unintelligibly, officials said. He then jumped on top of the dais before being detained by a city staffer and some community members.
Assistant Chief of Police Paul Figueroa was in the city administrator's office at another meeting but saw the television feed and rushed to the chambers. By the time he arrived, the escorted Cano was almost outside the chambers and Figueroa radioed for officers to respond and detain the man.
Two officers were outside in Frank H. Ogawa Plaza and saw Cano run from the building.
They began chasing him and he was arrested without incident at 15th Street and Broadway.
Figueroa said that in the future, officers will be present at all full City Council meetings in the chambers and police will review security procedures for City Hall. Before Tuesday, officers were assigned to council chambers on a case-by-case basis, depending on subject matter and projected size of attendees. It has not been determined whether officers will be present at council committee hearings.