In July, the city’s new Police Accountability Board kicked off, replacing the longstanding Police Review Commission, which was formed in 1973.
The family’s attorney has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against DoorDash and the driver. The attorney also plans to sue the city, alleging inadequate lighting and signage.
A fundraiser has been launched to help with Latitia Austin Ahmad’s funeral costs.
Data about where police use rifles, launchers and other “controlled” equipment will now be public. Officials said it’s a matter of racial justice.
The 80-page analysis — the first known assessment of its kind — was published Thursday by city auditor Jenny Wong.
Officers will focus on investigative stops and pulling over dangerous drivers rather than “random observations of minor equipment violations,” Police Chief Andrew Greenwood said.
Officials are forging ahead with efforts to reimagine policing in Berkeley and voted unanimously Tuesday night to launch a new community task force focused on that work in January.
Citing an “alarming rise in shootings” this year, officials pledged Tuesday night to work to create a new Ceasefire program designed to “address gun violence” in Berkeley.
Berkeley officials voted early Friday morning to adopt an updated use-of-force policy for police that will expand what types of force officers track and report, and how they make this information available to the public.
Of the cases Berkeleyside has been able to learn about, most of the individuals who have died were Black, male, age 80 or older, or some combination of those demographics.
Last week, the city of Berkeley reported its highest number of positive COVID-19 test results on a single day since the coronavirus pandemic began.
At least 60% of the Elmwood Care Center’s 70 residents have contracted COVID-19 in recent weeks, according to state data. The facility declined multiple interview requests.
More than 300 people at Golden Gate Fields have now tested positive for COVID-19. The racetrack has approximately 540 workers, the state has said.
Hess told Berkeleyside from his ICU bed recently he was looking forward to his next meal at his favorite restaurant, Bette’s Oceanview, where he had eaten more than 8,000 times.
The track has said 95% of the people who tested positive had no symptoms and that this is likely what allowed the disease to spread so broadly.
UC Berkeley has seen 47 new COVID-19 cases, resulting mostly from “a series of recent parties connected to the CalGreek system” over the course of a single week, the university reported Wednesday.
Berkeleyside has taken another look at how counties in the Bay Area are sharing COVID-19 data to see how Alameda County and Berkeley measure up.
Some places in the Bay Area have made it easy for the public to see statistics about COVID-19. Other places — including Berkeley and Alameda County — not so much.
In recent weeks, Berkeleyside has been crunching the numbers for 11 months of injury-crash data from the Berkeley police. We’ve created interactive maps and pulled out highlights. Dive into the data.
Berkeley police handled at least 10 crashes in July that resulted in injuries to pedestrians or cyclists, according to preliminary data.
Since 2014, there have been 1,022 housing units built, across 17 projects, according to the latest “housing pipeline” report issued by the city. About 842 units, in 15 projects, are expected to be done by 2020.
Berkeley is among nine cities in California that filed “non-compliant” reports with the state for 2018.
The Alameda County Superior Court system charges $1 a page, dropping to 50 cents each after five pages, to view court filings. Berkeleyside filed a Public Records Act request to learn more about why that is.
In a closed session Thursday, the City Council decided that a new police transparency law should apply to records pre-dating Jan. 1, 2019, when the law came into effect.
City Council voted in closed session Thursday that SB 1421 should apply “to existing [police] records pre-dating Jan. 1, 2019.” This followed a lawsuit filed by Berkeleyside and ACLU NorCal over application of the bill.
The city of Berkeley says it has no records of sexual assault or dishonesty-related police misconduct from the past five years and does not have to release use-of-force records from incidents before 2019.
A council majority approved a slightly revised version of the mayor’s proposal on arrest information at the end of Tuesday night’s meeting.
The city will work to create a new transportation department with a “racial justice lens” and a Specialized Care Unit staffed by a “network of crisis responders” to respond to non-criminal calls, among other changes.
The Berkeley City Council shifted more than $9 million out of the police department budget Tuesday night to help pay for a range of reforms called for by community members and city officials alike in recent weeks.
Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and persistent calls to reform policing, officials pledged Tuesday night to remake the city budget as a “moral document” that better reflects Berkeley values.
Officials have promised to overhaul what public safety looks like in Berkeley in response to protests that have resonated across the city and nation in recent weeks.
The city of Berkeley has frozen all hiring, effective Monday, in preparation for a 12% decrease in general fund revenues that is expected in the coming months.
Business closures in Berkeley could affect some 30,000 jobs, with unemployment reaching 27%, the city auditor estimated in a new report released this week about local economic impacts from COVID-19.
The family said they do not understand many of the decisions made by police and are concerned race may have played a role in their approach.
Chuck Feezel had struggled since childhood with a constellation of physical and mental challenges that required serious psychiatric treatment.
As of this week, police say they still don’t know what caused the May 11 collision, which killed two people.
“It is a dangerous street,” one local resident told Berkeleyside. “It’s just sad that this occasion has made this come to people’s attention.”
The Berkeley City Council put many minds at ease Tuesday night by voting to allow existing trees and some vegetation to remain in place in traffic circles around town.
Berkeley police handled at least eight crashes in June that resulted in injuries to pedestrians or cyclists, according to preliminary data. In one of those crashes, a 24-year-old Berkeley man on a bike was killed.
A final determination has not been made in the case: the Internal Affairs Bureau has not completed its report and the police chief has yet to weigh in.
Bryant survived and has announced plans to sue the city.
“Our community needs to be made aware,” said a cyclist who asked to remain anonymous because the investigation is underway.