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Posted inCity, Crime & Safety

Judge tosses bulk of wrongful death suit against police

A U.S. District Court judge has rejected the majority of a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Berkeley that criticized the way police officers handled a 2013 call involving a transgender woman in a mental health crisis. The woman, 41-year-old Kayla Moore, stopped breathing and died after police struggled with her to take her into custody. […]

Posted inCommunity, Crime & Safety

City seeks rejection of wrongful death lawsuit against police; celebrity pathologist disputes cause of death

Attorneys for the city of Berkeley have asked a U.S. District Court judge to reject a wrongful death lawsuit filed in 2014 by the father of a transgender woman who died in police custody in 2013. Representatives for both parties are expected to appear in court Friday morning at the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco. […]

Posted inCity, Community, Crime & Safety

Mental health calls #1 drain on Berkeley police resources

Responding to people with mental health issues is the number one drain on police resources in Berkeley, a police officer who specializes in the topic said this week. Nationally, 10% of police calls are for people having a mental health crisis, according to Berkeley Police Officer Jeff Shannon. In Berkeley, that number is 35% or more. Over the […]

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 inCommunity, Crime, Crime & Safety

Community comes out for NAACP forum on alleged racial profiling by police

More than 100 community members turned out to the Berkeley Public Library over the weekend to share or hear stories about what they believe is on-going racial profiling and harassment of minorities in Berkeley by local police officers. The Berkeley NAACP organized the standing-room-only event, entitled “Berkeley Police – Power & Abuse,” at the south branch of […]

Posted inCity, Crime & Safety

City of Berkeley seeks source of leaked confidential info

The city of Berkeley is on the hunt to determine who released private police personnel documents related to a confidential investigation — into an in-custody death involving local officers last year — to UC Berkeley’s Daily Californian newspaper. Thursday evening, Berkeley city manager Christine Daniel notified the mayor and council members about the leak, which […]

Posted inCity, Crime & Safety

Berkeley slapped with lawsuit over Kayla Moore’s death

Berkeley police used excessive force when attempting to arrest Kayla Moore and declined to give her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation when she stopped breathing because they considered her transgender status as something objectionable, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court Wednesday. At least one Berkeley Police officer who responded to reports of a disturbance at Moore’s […]

Posted inCrime & Safety

Coroner, police deliver reports on Xavier Moore death

Xavier (Kayla) Moore died because of “acute combined drug intoxication,” according to the Alameda County Coroner’s report released today. The coroner ruled the death accidental. The 41-year-old Moore stopped breathing while being taken into police custody on Feb. 12 at the Gaia Building on Allston Way. Moore was pronounced dead at 1:34 a.m. on Feb. […]