Oakland police chief asks to delay layoffs

July 7, 2010 11:01:33 PM PDT
Oakland's police chief is asking the City Council to delay any police layoffs until after the verdict in the BART shooting trial.

About 80 officers could be laid off as soon as Monday, unless there's a deal with the city on pension reform.

Chief Anthony Batts is worried the layoffs could affect the department's response to any fallout from the verdict.

Officers are preparing with a command post near the port.

They're working 12-hour shifts and have received more crowd-control training.