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Posted inCommunity

Faith groups to sleep on street to support city’s homeless

A group representing more than 40 Berkeley religious congregations will gather tonight to show its support for the city’s homeless population in the wake of proposed new laws that they say would criminalize the homeless, as well as an incident, caught on video, in which a downtown “ambassador”  assaulted a homeless man last month. Some participants plan to sleep overnight on BART […]

Posted inCrime

Case dismissed against 2 homeless men after review of Berkeley beating video

The Alameda County district attorney’s office has dismissed the case against two men who pleaded guilty to battery charges last week. The decision came after authorities reviewed a video that showed an interaction, between the men and two Downtown Berkeley Association workers, that began as a verbal altercation and took a violent turn. In the video — which has […]

Posted inCrime

2 men take plea deals after 1 is beaten on video

Update, April 1: The Alameda County district attorney’s office has revisited the case, dropped the charges against both men, and had a judge declare them factually innocent. See the update. Original story, March 27: Two homeless men shown on video in a heated interaction that turned violent, when a Downtown Berkeley Association staffer appeared to punch one of the […]

Posted inCrime

Video: Downtown Berkeley worker assaults homeless man

A Downtown Berkeley Association ambassador assaulted a homeless man Thursday evening behind CVS in what appears to be a violent incident that was captured on video. That homeless man and an associate were arrested by the Berkeley Police Department before the video came to light. After reviewing the video this week, police asked the district attorney’s office to […]

Posted inCommunity, Crime & Safety, Nature

Two boar heads found in separate locations in Berkeley

Berkeley residents reported finding two boars’ heads and skin pelts in two separate locations Monday morning. The boar-skin pelts were found in front of Black & White liquor store on Adeline and Emerson, and in front of Herbivore restaurant on Shattuck and Haste. Police officers arrived at the former location — which is also very close to vegetarian restaurant […]