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.
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.
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.
One occupant was reportedly trapped on the third floor, but was able to escape by a ladder.
Police say the 20-year-old suspect pinned a woman to the ground while sexually assaulting her in a Blake Street parking lot.
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.
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.
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 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.
Police said a man they arrested Sunday threw a 71-year-old victim down the stairs — twice — before the victim went to grab a gun, which went off as they struggled.
The gunfire itself did not injure anyone, but one victim did sustain non-life-threatening injuries in a dispute with the suspect, police said.
Some Berkeley residents and students have gone days without internet access since Tuesday’s storm toppled dozens of trees and severed power lines.