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Posted inCommunity, Crime & Safety

14 consider lawsuit against city of Berkeley after protests

Attorneys representing 14 people who say they were struck and jabbed by police batons, clubbed, beaten, teargassed, slammed to the ground, fired on with “less lethal” projectiles or arrested during December protests in Berkeley related to the “Black Lives Matter” movement are considering filing a civil claim with the city on their clients’ behalf. Some of […]

Posted inCrime & Safety, Schools

Police report mistakes, challenges in Berkeley protests

Berkeley police officers used 50 tear gas grenades and “blast rounds” to clear Telegraph Avenue during a Black Lives Matter demonstration in December, but police officials declined to say Wednesday night whether that had been excessive. The June 10 meeting before the city’s Police Review Commission was the citizen panel’s first chance to ask officers specific […]

Posted inCrime & Safety

Police Review Commission gets first chance for answers from Berkeley police after December protests

Six months after protesters took to the streets to demand more just policing practices, the Berkeley Police Department will tonight present its report on how it handled the protests, and what it might do better in the future. The report is scheduled to come Wednesday, June 10, before the city’s Police Review Commission in a 6 p.m. […]

Posted inCrime & Safety

Berkeley Police release long-awaited protest report

After launching an internal investigation earlier this year into the circumstances surrounding anti-police protests that tore through Berkeley in December, to examine how the department responded, the Berkeley Police Department has released its report on what took place and what might be improved in the future. In a letter announcing the report, Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan described the […]

Posted inCommunity, Crime & Safety

Police release redacted reports on Berkeley protests

The Berkeley Police Department has released two operational plans about protests in the city Dec. 6-7, but most of the wording was blacked out and redacted, so minimal information was revealed. Andrea Prichett, co-founder of Berkeley Copwatch, requested the documents as part of two Public Records Act requests in December and January. The police department initially said the plans […]

Posted inCity, Crime & Safety

The lowdown: Berkeley council on protests, police body cameras, gender-neutral restrooms, more

At tonight’s Berkeley City Council meeting, city officials have pledged to address several items related to protests in Berkeley in December, and have said those items will be heard early enough in the agenda to ensure accessibility for all who wish to weigh in. Leading up to the meeting, UC Berkeley students have organized a […]

Posted inCrime & Safety

Exclusive: 23-minute delay for paramedics during Berkeley protests, patient later died

They were just two minutes away, but it took paramedics 27 minutes during the Berkeley protests in December to reach a patient who later died, according to documents obtained by Berkeleyside under a Public Records Act request. For 23 of those minutes, paramedics were waiting for a police escort, as per a standing city protocol, to ensure they could avoid the […]

Posted inCity, Crime & Safety

The lowdown: Berkeley council on energy ordinance, protests, police cameras, goBerkeley, more

Tonight’s Berkeley City Council meeting turns again to several items related to local policing, with three items on the agenda (continued from last week) from Councilman Jesse Arreguín regarding local protests in December, and an item from council members Darryl Moore, Arreguín and Linda Maio about body-worn and vehicle dashboard cameras for police, which could be in place […]

Posted inCity, Crime & Safety

Citizen panel on police to launch Berkeley protests probe

Last week, Berkeley’s Police Review Commission voted unanimously to launch an investigation into the police response to protests over the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown that halted business as usual in Berkeley in December. Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan told the citizen oversight panel during its Jan. 14 meeting that his department is working diligently […]

Posted inCommunity, Crime & Safety, Schools

For black students at UC Berkeley, protests are about Ferguson — and their own lives

By Mara Van Ells Over the last month, the Black Student Union at UC Berkeley has organized three separate events to protest police killings of unarmed black men. Students have marched on the streets, through local businesses, and sat in at cafés. The demonstrations have allowed students to grieve, heal, and show solidarity with protesters in […]