It’s been a week when Berkeley’s public safety officers have been in the spotlight. There were public promotion ceremonies for both the police and fire departments (we’ll publish the fire department promotions on Monday). But the demanding side of their jobs also was evident this week, with Berkeley’s third homicide of the year on Thursday night on the corner of Sacramento and Oregon. Berkeleyside followed up the story by talking to local residents about the crime and their neighborhood.
Police handling of the murder of Peter Cukor last month and the swirl of events around Chief Michael Meehan’s dispatch of a police sergeant to a reporter’s house late at night were back in the news this week. Berkeley officials released the transcript of Cukor’s call to the police on the night he was murdered on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, city officials released a raft of documents about the call on Oakland Tribune reporter Doug Oakley.
The killing of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida sparked two demonstrations in Berkeley this week. First, several hundred Berkeley High students held a protest on Thursday afternoon. On Friday, Longfellow Middle School held a “Hoodie Day” in honor of Martin. … Continue reading »