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Berkeley coalition says police stops show racial bias

A local coalition has raised concerns about alleged racial profiling by Berkeley police. Photo: Emilie Raguso Berkeley police officers disproportionately stop and search people of color during traffic stops, according to a coalition of groups that presented data and demanded changes from the department Tuesday. Representatives from the Berkeley NAACP, Berkeley Copwatch and UC Berkeley’s Black […]

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Report suggests new Berkeley anti-discrimination policies

Attendees at a December 2013 NAACP Town Hall meeting discussed race issues in Berkeley. Photo: Lance Knobel Berkeley city staff are reviewing a report by Oakland-based firm Mason Tillman Associates that recommends changes in city policies in response to allegations of racism in employment practices. The report, which was sent to Berkeley City Council members by the city manager in […]

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

The father of Kayla Moore, who died in police custody last year, was one of many community members to attend a forum Saturday, May 10, about perceived racial profiling by the Berkeley Police Department. Photo: Emilie Raguso More than 100 community members turned out to the Berkeley Public Library over the weekend to share or hear stories […]

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Berkeley Police stop sparks racial controversy

The arrest of two people in Berkeley last Friday has prompted charges from some about racial profiling. Scroll down to view a video of the arrest. Image: Kerby L/YouTube A recent police stop in Berkeley has prompted some community members to criticize police for racial insensitivity, and potential racial profiling. Part of the exchange was captured on […]

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Berkeley to investigate claims of unfair employment

Berkeley is investigating concerns raised by the NAACP about job discrimination, unfair housing practices, declining health services and racial profiling of African Americans. Photo: NAACP By Eli Wolfe Two months after city employees and the NAACP raised issues about job discrimination, unfair housing practices, declining health services and racial profiling of African Americans in Berkeley, city […]