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Posted inCity, Community, Crime, Crime & Safety

Berkeley police chief says Tasers would help his officers

Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan told the Berkeley City Council on Tuesday night he believes his officers should be granted the option to carry Tasers, which are not currently allowed under city policy. It was the first time Meehan has taken a stand on the issue in a high-profile public forum, though he said he had made similar comments in the past in […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

City of Berkeley solicits Taser study; anti-Taser group to hold forum Thursday night

As the city of Berkeley ramps up efforts to study whether its police force should carry Tasers, a local coalition has planned a forum Thursday night to collect community feedback on the issue. The Berkeley City Council voted 6-3 in May to have the city study the thorny question. Council members Max Anderson, Kriss Worthington and Jesse Arreguín […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Taser used in arrest of driver in stolen car in Berkeley

A man authorities say led officers on a chase from the Bay Bridge into Berkeley was arrested after the deployment of a Taser this week. Oakland-area California Highway Patrol spokesman Sean Wilkenfeld said via email that the chase, which hit speeds of 100 mph, began early Wednesday at approximately 12:30 a.m. Officers spotted a stolen 2001 […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Taser report: Tool could save Berkeley millions, decrease use of force, but oversight and training would be key

Berkeley officials plan to consider in early May whether to take their first deep look at whether the city’s police officers should be allowed to carry Tasers. But it won’t exactly be the first time the issue has been studied by the city. A lengthy report — obtained via a Public Records Act request from Berkeleyside to the Berkeley […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Police call for Tasers after attempted killing of officer

The president of the Berkeley Police Association is asking city officials to consider the use of Tasers by Berkeley officers after a violent attack on an officer Monday. The police association, the union for the rank and file, has been asking publicly for Tasers since at least last year. According to association president Sgt. Chris Stines, […]

Posted inCrime & Safety

After suicide attempt, police union says Tasers needed

The Berkeley Police Association says Tasers could have helped prevent the near-death of a man who stabbed himself repeatedly last week in Berkeley, according to a statement released Wednesday morning by the organization’s president. Last week, Berkeley officers responded to a home where a man was threatening to slit his throat with a knife. When […]