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Posted inBusiness, City, Crime, Crime & Safety, Events

City of Berkeley told police to use restraint, avoid tear gas, on second night of protests

By Frances Dinkelspiel and Tracey Taylor The Berkeley Police Department deliberately held back from using tear gas during the protests Sunday night under orders from City Manager Christine Daniel, according to city officials. Mayor Tom Bates said Monday that he and other Berkeley City Council members had been disturbed by the aggressive tone of the demonstrations […]

Posted inCrime & Safety

Protesters take to streets of Berkeley for second night running: Violence, vandalism of local businesses, looting

A protester gives the finger to a police officer during a protest that started in Berkeley on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. Photo: Kelly Owen The Berkeleyside team kept this live blog running continuously from Dec. 7 at 6:35 p.m. through Dec. 8 at about 1:10 a.m. See continuing, comprehensive Berkeleyside coverage of the Berkeley protests. 3:48 a.m.: Officer […]

Posted inCrime & Safety

Ferguson demo in Berkeley: Injuries reported, tear gas deployed, businesses and property vandalized; arrests

Berkeley police used tear gas to break up protests on Telegraph Avenue on Saturday night and Sunday morning. Photo: Pete Rosos [See more on the Berkeleyside Flickr page.] The Berkeleyside team kept this live blog running continuously from Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. through Dec. 7 at about 2:45 a.m. See continuing, comprehensive Berkeleyside coverage […]

Posted inCrime & Safety, Schools

Cal students, supporters hold ‘black lives matter’ rally

A photograph from Thursday’s “black lives matter” rally at UC Berkeley. Photo: Genesis Ahtty A large group of black UC Berkeley students and their supporters are holding a rally on campus now, Thursday afternoon, in response to the recent Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury verdict regarding the fatal shooting by a police officer of Michael Brown. They […]

Posted inCommunity

Ferguson decision prompts thoughts written in chalk at Berkeley elementary school

Chalk writing outside Malcolm X Elementary School in Berkeley. Photo: Ben Hardy The Ferguson-related protests that have consumed Oakland for the past two nights, and spread to Emeryville last night, have not, so far, directly affected Berkeley, although BPD has been on alert and has called for mutual aid in case it was needed. That’s not to […]