The national topic of racial bias in policing heated up in Berkeley in recent weeks after several groups pointed to racial disparities in police car stop data, and said it showed that Berkeley officers are treating motorists of different races by different standards.
This week, we have two op-eds on the subject. Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan writes that the department is already at the forefront of efforts to address implicit bias, and that deeper analysis of the numbers needs to be done.
Berkeley Copwatch co-founder Andrea Prichett and others who sought the police stop data argue that the Berkeley Police Department needs to do much more to address the racial disparities.
Read both pieces in Berkeleyside’s Opinionator section, where you can share your views in the comments section. Read related news coverage on Berkeleyside.