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Posted inCrime & Safety, Schools

Police report mistakes, challenges in Berkeley protests

Berkeley police officers used 50 tear gas grenades and “blast rounds” to clear Telegraph Avenue during a Black Lives Matter demonstration in December, but police officials declined to say Wednesday night whether that had been excessive. The June 10 meeting before the city’s Police Review Commission was the citizen panel’s first chance to ask officers specific […]

Posted inCity, Crime & Safety

Citizen panel on police to launch Berkeley protests probe

Last week, Berkeley’s Police Review Commission voted unanimously to launch an investigation into the police response to protests over the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown that halted business as usual in Berkeley in December. Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan told the citizen oversight panel during its Jan. 14 meeting that his department is working diligently […]

Posted inCrime

Surveillance camera registry a possibility for police

The city of Berkeley will explore whether a database of private security cameras might help police solve crime more efficiently after a Berkeley City Council majority vote Tuesday night. Under the proposal, citizens could report camera locations to the Berkeley Police Department. Police would create a registry, which would allow officers to call camera owners quickly should a crime take place. Citizens would not be […]