Corey Shedoudy grabbed attention in 2022 when he accused BPD’s bike squad of racism, anti-homeless sentiments and quota systems. His firing for staging a bike crash has been upheld by an independent arbitrator.
Alex N. Gecan
Alex N. Gecan joined Berkeleyside in 2023 as a senior reporter covering public safety. He has covered criminal justice, courts and breaking and local news for The Middletown Press, Stamford Advocate and Connecticut Post in Connecticut, Asbury Park Press on the Jersey Shore and the Marin Independent Journal.
In Berkeley, attorney general pushes for recall of Hyundais, Kias after surge of thefts
Thefts of certain Hyundais and Kias have skyrocketed in Berkeley following a TikTok challenge showing how easy it is to steal them.
Update: Woman found dead near Berkeley Marina is identified
The cause and manner of the woman’s death remained pending as of April 18. She was discovered the evening of April 10.
Berkeley police chief appointment still on hold
No action was taken at a meeting this week, but Interim Police Chief Jen Louis’s critics say the city should not even be discussing her confirmation until investigations into a texting scandal are resolved.
Police Accountability Board asks Council to slow chief appointment
After more than two years as BPD’s interim chief, and with her confirmation on hold since November, the City Council discussed Jen Louis’s position in a closed session April 13.
Police ‘early intervention system’ sees first steps in Berkeley
Early intervention systems are meant to warn departments of troubling behavior or trends, from officer burnout to racial disparities in traffic stops and uses of force.
Woolsey Street fire leaves home uninhabitable
One occupant was reportedly trapped on the third floor, but was able to escape by a ladder.
Blake Street parking lot assault: Attempted rape charges filed
Police say the 20-year-old suspect pinned a woman to the ground while sexually assaulting her in a Blake Street parking lot.
Hopkins Street bike lane project delayed by staffing, safety concerns
Fueled by what officials have characterized as a staffing crisis in Berkeley’s Public Works Department, the Hopkins Street bike lane project presentation has been postponed indefinitely.
Update: Juvenile court charges filed in killing of Berkeley brothers at party
Jazy and Angel Sotelo Garcia were shot and killed at an Oct. 1 house party in North Oakland. Police said they’ve arrested two suspects in the killings, both of whom were juveniles at the time.
Understaffed Berkeley Police Department cuts patrol assignments
The Berkeley Police Department is cutting its number of patrol beats, years into a staffing crisis that has made it reliant on overtime to keep the teams populated.
Bayer says boiler alarm sounded Tuesday, no risk to public
Bayer has two alarms it regularly tests – a boiler alarm, which residents can always ignore, and an ammonia alarm, which they usually can. Bayer says there’s never been a harmful ammonia release from their Berkeley site.