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Posted inCrime & Safety

Berkeley coalition says police stops show racial bias

Berkeley police officers disproportionately stop and search people of color during traffic stops, according to a coalition of groups that presented data and demanded changes from the department Tuesday. Representatives from the Berkeley NAACP, Berkeley Copwatch and UC Berkeley’s Black Student Union presented the data at City Hall, and said the department must address the disparities. […]

Posted inSchools

BUSD poised to adopt tougher school enrollment policy

Berkeley school board officials are considering tougher enrollment requirements to curb illegal enrollment in the district, following the initial success of new registration requirements this year. Stricter enforcement in recent months led the Berkeley Unified School District admissions office to reject 11% of applicants from private middle schools to Berkeley High School for 2015-16 after it was determined […]

Posted inCommunity

Date set for public forum with W. Kamau Bell and Elmwood Café in wake of racism accusation

A date has been set for a public conversation between comedian W. Kamau Bell and the owner of a Berkeley café where Bell says he was the victim of racial abuse. The forum will be held on Friday, March 13 at 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Willard Middle School at 2425 Stuart St. after Berkeley Unified offered to provide a venue. The […]

Posted inCity

Berkeley council refers community policing package to city manager

The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to ask the city manager to assess a long list of issues related to community-police relations and bring back a report on potential associated costs and related efforts that are already underway. The broad package includes everything from changes in the way police handle the handcuffing and […]

Posted inCity, Crime & Safety, Schools

‘Double header’ council meetings set for Tuesday, protests also planned

After canceling its regular session last week, the Berkeley City Council is set to hold two back-to-back meetings Tuesday night at Longfellow Middle School. During those events, two separate groups have announced plans to protest in Berkeley. Separately, the Berkeley Unified School District has announced a panel discussion this week, for BUSD families only, regarding police-related […]

Posted inCity, Crime & Safety

Berkeley adopts anti-bias policing policy, commits to collecting data on race

The Berkeley City Council on Tuesday adopted an anti-bias policing policy with a view to eradicating, or at least reducing, alleged cases of racial profiling by the city’s police. The policy will see the city begin to collect data on police stops to analyze whether incidents of profiling are happening. Currently, Berkeley Police record data about vehicle stops, but data […]

Posted inCity

Report suggests new Berkeley anti-discrimination policies

Berkeley city staff are reviewing a report by Oakland-based firm Mason Tillman Associates that recommends changes in city policies in response to allegations of racism in employment practices. The report, which was sent to Berkeley City Council members by the city manager in May, was commissioned by the city in September 2013 after an August 2013 report by the Berkeley NAACP. Read […]