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Determined crowd demands fast action from Berkeley council; officials set meeting on protests for January

The crowd at Tuesday night’s Berkeley council meeting listened closely to public testimony. Photo: Emilie Raguso The crowd at Tuesday night’s Berkeley council meeting listened closely to public testimony. Photo: Emilie Raguso An emotional crowd nearly shut down the Berkeley City Council multiple times Tuesday night during a public comment period that lasted the better part of four hours. […]

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Protests expected at Berkeley council meeting Tuesday

The city of Berkeley is preparing for large crowds at tonight’s City Council meeting at Longfellow Middle School. Photo: Emilie Raguso The city of Berkeley is preparing for large crowds at tonight’s City Council meeting at Longfellow Middle School. Photo: Emilie Raguso With two protests planned outside tonight’s Berkeley City Council meeting at Longfellow Middle School, […]

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Police warn South Berkeley to prepare for protests

Tonight’s Berkeley council meeting is set to take place at Longfellow Middle School. Image: Google maps Tonight’s Berkeley council meeting is set to take place at Longfellow Middle School. Image: Google maps The Berkeley Police Department has released a warning to South Berkeley neighbors to help them prepare for expected crowds attending the Berkeley City Council […]

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Neighbors complain about Berkeley Police commandeering their street to get ready for protests

During the week of protests that began Dec. 6, police commandeered McKinley Avenue in Berkeley to set up a staging area for mutual aid from other departments. On Dec. 9, 2014, a Hayward Police Department van was parked on the street. Photo: Ashley Atkinson During the week of protests that began Dec. 6, police commandeered McKinley […]

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

Family members of Kayla Moore have said they are fighting for justice after her death in police custody in 2013 (file photo). Photo: Emilie Raguso Family members of Kayla Moore have said they are fighting for justice after her death in police custody in 2013 (file photo). Photo: Emilie Raguso After canceling its regular session last week, […]

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UC Berkeley’s Black Student Union leads peaceful protest march from campus to Oakland

The UC Berkeley Black Student Union organized a march from campus to Oakland Saturday Dec. 13, 2014. Photo: Natalie Orenstein Despite being shaken by the appearance of effigies hanging from nooses on campus Saturday morning, UC Berkeley Black Student Union (BSU) leaders said they didn’t want that incident to affect their planned march against police killings […]

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Police Review Commission asks for suspension of tear gas

A line of police officers marched down Telegraph Avenue during the Dec. 6 protests. Photo: Pete Rosos 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 […]

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

City Council members Jesse Arreguín and Kriss Worthington told a crowd of protesters Tuesday night that they want an investigation into the use of tear gas by police during Saturday night’s demonstration. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel City Council members Jesse Arreguín and Kriss Worthington told a crowd of protesters Tuesday night that they want an investigation into the […]

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

From left: Berkeley Police Chief Mike Meehan, Mayor Tom Bates, Councilman Max Anderson, and Fire Chief Gil Dong from today’s City Hall press conference. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel From left: Berkeley Police Chief Mike Meehan, Mayor Tom Bates, Councilman Max Anderson, and Fire Chief Gil Dong from today’s City Hall press conference. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel By […]

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

Police stand off with protesters on MLK Jr. Way in Berkeley on Dec. 8, 2014. Photo: Dan Lurie 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 […]