Urban Shield trainees were responsible for the violent treatment of protestors in 2014 and 2018. The exercises train police to “shoot to kill,” too. Berkeley must withdraw.
Concerned about low staffing, the BPA wants money to attract more recruits. But with the crime rate low, Berkeley would be safer if it redirected resources to social programs.
Next Tuesday, Berkeley City Council members will discuss the city’s involvement and participation in Urban Shield, a highly militarized annual SWAT competition and weapons expo. They will also consider a long-awaited report about the Berkeley police’s crackdown of a protest last December, in which people standing up against the murders of Black people at the […]