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Posted inCity, Community, Crime & Safety

Police Review Commission asks for suspension of tear gas

After hearing the testimony of about 10 people who said they were treated unnecessarily roughly during a Dec. 6 protest, the Police Review Commission voted Wednesday to ask Berkeley city officials to restrict the use of tear gas, over-the-shoulder baton hits and firing projectiles as a form of crowd control. The PRC, which put the issue on […]

Posted inCity, Community, Crime & Safety

2 officials demand investigation into police tear gas use in Berkeley protest Saturday

Hours after Berkeley’s police chief defended his department’s decision to use tear gas on protesters on Telegraph Avenue on Saturday, Dec. 6, two Berkeley City Council members called for an investigation into what they said were police excesses. Kriss Worthington and Jesse Arreguín made that call on the steps of Old City Hall shortly after 7 […]

Posted inCommunity, Crime & Safety

Day Four: Berkeley protesters breach freeway again

See all of Berkeleyside’s Berkeley protest coverage.  Refresh this page for updates to the live blog. Update, Dec. 10, 4 p.m. The California Highway Patrol said it had to use force against demonstrators in Oakland late Tuesday night after a mostly peaceful protest for a short time took a violent turn. According to the CHP, “For most of the night, […]

Posted inCity

City of Berkeley calls invite-only press conference just for TV news

By Emilie Raguso and Frances Dinkelspiel The city of Berkeley has called a press conference for media Tuesday afternoon, but only invited reporters from television stations to attend it, sources tell Berkeleyside. The city manager and her spokesman have been unavailable Tuesday to respond to questions about the event. Police have been unable to respond […]

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Photo Gallery: Third night of Berkeley protests, trains halted, a freeway brought to a standstill

The images in this gallery were taken on Monday Dec. 8 on the third day protests against police-related deaths around the country erupted in Berkeley. While the demonstration was largely peaceful (unlike on Sunday night), it did culminate in the dramatic take-over by some of the protesters of the I-80 freeway. Hundreds of drivers were left […]

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Council meeting canceled by protests; more demonstrations planned

Tuesday night’s Berkeley City Council meeting has been canceled due to capacity issues, the mayor’s office has announced, but protests are still expected to take place. The announcement came Tuesday after three nights of lengthy demonstrations throughout town about the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, and the role race and policing played in those fatal […]

Posted inCity, Community, Crime & Safety

CHP arrests 150 protesters after they block I-80 freeway

The Berkeleyside team kept this live blog running continuously Dec. 8 from 5:40-10:20 p.m. See continuing, comprehensive Berkeleyside coverage of the Berkeley protests. Follow @berkeleyside on Twitter for live updates of #Berkeleyprotests. 6:20 a.m. The California Highway Patrol arrested more than 150 people Monday night who were blocking traffic on I-80 near Powell Street, authorities said. After about […]

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Berkeley Pastor Michael McBride: Brown’s death was the final straw that galvanized communities across the nation

Some people, angered by events in Ferguson, MO and Staten Island, NY, take their protests to the streets in Berkeley. Others fly across the country to where the outrage began. Pastor Michael McBride, who founded the progressive Way Christian Center congregation on University Avenue, recently returned from Ferguson. McBride has gained some national prominence as the leader of […]

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 […]

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Photo Gallery: Two nights of protests, riots in Berkeley

Berkeleyside is continuing its coverage of the protests and riots that took place in Berkeley this past weekend. Read our minute-by minute reporting of Saturday’s protests, and Sunday’s protests, which includes photos and videos. Watch videos on our YouTube channel. Catch up with our live coverage on Twitter. Look out for more reporting in the hours […]

Posted inCrime & Safety

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

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 Jennifer Coats, spokeswoman for the Berkeley Police, sent out a release at 3:37 a.m. saying five arrests had been made in connection with both […]