We demand the City Council hold the police department to simple standards of transparency and fiscal responsibility.
If Berkeley Police Department wants to distinguish itself from the vile practices of the Minneapolis Police Department, it needs to address racism and racial bias within its own department.
The current configuration of the Urban Shield exercises contributes to the militarization of our department and is overly focused on dramatic, weaponized responses to incidents.
The proposal is a compromise between those who advocated for an even stronger body similar to the one in Oakland and those who felt there was little need for change to the PRC.
Davila had every right to replace a transportation commissioner who wouldn’t reveal his attitude about divestment in Israel with someone who supported her views on that issue.
As the holidays approach and the attention of many is focused elsewhere, the months-long saga of the “Poor Tour” continues. I am talking about the homeless encampment that is so easily recognizable by the colorful signs and clustered tents in the meridian strip on Adeline Street near the Berkeley Bowl. Or in front of City […]
This is an open letter to Chris Stines, President of the Berkeley Police Association, in response to his op-ed, “It should be possible to give police the tools they need while preserving Berkeley’s values,” published on Aug. 31, 2015, by Berkeleyside. Dear Officer Stines, Please forgive the people of Berkeley for our lack of enthusiasm about Berkeley Police getting more […]
Before I discuss the facts and reasons that lead me to oppose arming Berkeley Police with Tasers, I invite readers to remember a bit of Berkeley history. This city was once nationally known for its unapologetic defense of the rights of the poor and oppressed. It cared about police abuse, racism and the treatment of […]