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Berkeley police action on San Pablo after brawl

Photo: Libby Lee-Egan
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Berkeley police responded to San Pablo Avenue and Cedar Street for a disturbance shortly before noon Saturday.

Berkeley Police Lt. Andrew Rateaver said units are responding to multiple reports of two or three people fighting in the 1700 block of San Pablo.

“Reports from my officers on scene indicate that the fight migrated into the street and was violent,” he said. Officers and Berkeley Fire Department paramedics were on the scene shortly before noon and the investigation is underway.

Libby Lee-Egan told Berkeleyside on Twitter that there was a “street brawl” at San Pablo and Cedar that was blocking traffic at about 11:40 a.m. The fight started in front of the Berkeley Adult School and employees from Enterprise Rent-A-Car tried to break it up, she said.  … Continue reading »

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Police action in Berkeley: Purse snatch, disturbance

Berkeley police cruiser (file photo). Photo: Emilie Raguso
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A disturbance that led to an arrest and a purse snatch on Allston Way had police officers out and about in downtown Berkeley on Friday afternoon, authorities report.

Berkeley Police Lt. Andrew Rateaver, watch commander, provided updates at about 2:10 p.m. about both incidents.

Around 1 p.m., dispatchers got a call about a man standing by a car yelling at a woman near University and Shattuck avenues.

When police arrived, the man suddenly drove off, Rateaver said. … Continue reading »

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2 stabbed, 1 sought after dispute at Berkeley park

A police officer responding to the stabbing at the park crashed into a vehicle at University and Acton, police said. Photo: Daniel McPartlan
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Scroll to the bottom of this story for a July 12 clarification from BPD about how the crash pictured above came to pass. 

Two people were sent to the hospital Saturday after a stabbing at a Berkeley park next to the popular downtown farmers market.

One man was stabbed in the chest, and received injuries that appeared potentially life threatening, and another had a cut to the arm.

One local resident asked Berkeleyside to find out what had taken place after she saw “multiple police cars, yellow crime scene tape everywhere and … someone loaded into an ambulance” at the park. Others noted the increased police presence and wanted to know more.Continue reading »

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Suspected DUI motorist crashes into Berkeley marina

Car into Berkeley Marina. Photo: Nancy Schimmelman
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Authorities worked to beat the tide Sunday to remove a vehicle that crashed Saturday night into the Berkeley Marina and began leaking fluids into the water.

Berkeley Police Lt. Andrew Rateaver said crews responded to the marina after a vehicle left the roadway, where University Avenue and Marina Boulevard split, shortly before midnight.

Scroll down for updates and dramatic photos.

Officers threw emergency flotation devices into the water to help the driver, a passenger and a citizen responder get off the fully submerged vehicle, he said.

All three were taken to the hospital for treatment but were expected to survive. … Continue reading »

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Fourth Street Apple store reports theft by 7 males

Opening day: Berkeley's Apple store is located in the city's busy Fourth Street shopping district. Photo: Patrick Nagel
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A band of thieves struck the Berkeley Apple store Friday in what authorities described as a “coordinated effort,” and a problem that has been faced by numerous Apple stores around the Bay Area.

The theft took place shortly before 3 p.m. at 1823 Fourth St. in Berkeley’s popular Fourth Street shopping area.

Berkeley Police Lt. Andrew Rateaver said store employees reported that a group of at least seven males entered the store and, “using a coordinated effort, stole several iPhones and other Apple products.”

A reader told Berkeleyside he “saw a group of kids cut the security cords at the front table of products and make off” with what he estimated to be six iPhones and iPads.

The group then left the store and fled northbound on Fourth Street before witnesses lost sight of them.  … Continue reading »

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‘Unconstitutional police attacks’ in December Berkeley protests spur civil rights lawsuit

Lawyers Rachel Lederman and James Chanin (left) and plaintiffs xx, xx, xx and xx during the Monday press conference. Photo: Lance Knobel
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Eleven demonstrators and journalists have filed a civil rights complaint against the city of Berkeley, the city of Hayward, former Berkeley City Manager Christine Daniel, Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan, and 13 other named police officers in federal court seeking changes in how Berkeley polices demonstrations and damages for what they term “unconstitutional police attacks” during the Black Lives Matter protests on Dec. 6, 2014.

“The Berkeley police treated all the demonstrators as if they were violent and lawless,” James Chanin, a Berkeley-based civil rights attorney representing the plaintiffs, said at a press conference in front of Berkeley Police headquarters Monday morning. “The results were predictable, and that is why we’re here today. Non-violent protesters were injured, massive amounts of gas were used on non-violent protesters as well as people who had little if anything to do with the demonstrations, and those who did commit property damage got away while non-violent, innocent people were injured and/or prevented from exercising their First Amendment rights.”

Moni Law, a Berkeley Rent Board counselor, is one of the plaintiffs. Law said she was clubbed in the back from behind by a Berkeley police officer when she was urging other demonstrators to step back from the police line. At the press conference, Law described herself as a “reluctant plaintiff.”

“I want my own police department to protect and to serve,” Law said. “Let’s keep our city free of violence, and that includes police violence.”

Read past Berkeleyside coverage of the Berkeley protests.

Rachel Lederman, co-counsel for the plaintiffs and head of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, said it was “somewhat surprising” that Berkeley police had received the most complaints and reports during the protests last December, even though there were demonstrations in Oakland and San Francisco, as well as other Bay Area cities.  … Continue reading »

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Broken fire hydrant makes Berkeley geyser

There's a broken fire hydrant at Acton and Addison. Photo: Toph Burns
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A broken fire hydrant in central Berkeley sent water shooting up into the sky Friday morning.

Berkeleyside readers alerted us to the situation, at Acton and Addison streets, at 11 a.m.

Wrote Toph Burns, on Twitter, when he shared this photograph: “Quick everyone, bring buckets and laundry!” … Continue reading »

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2 men shot at women in car on Telegraph Avenue

Police investigate the scene of a shooting near Telegraph Avenue and Channing Way in Berkeley, California, early Sunday, June 16, 2013. Photo by David Yee
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New details have emerged about the incident early Sunday in which multiple gunshots were fired on Telegraph Avenue at Channing Way south of the UC Berkeley campus.

According to the University of California Police Department, two men, both described as black, fired guns at a vehicle being driven by a woman who had a female friend as her passenger as they passed through the intersection just after 12:30 a.m.

The women, who said their vehicle was struck several times, drove away … Continue reading »

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Police investigate shooting on Berkeley’s Telegraph Avenue

Police investigate the scene of a shooting near Telegraph Avenue and Channing Way in Berkeley, California, early Sunday, June 16, 2013. Photo by David Yee
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Shots fired in the early hours of Sunday morning on Telegraph Avenue near the intersection with Channing Way may have been related to a big party being held on “frat row” in the 2400 block of Warring Street, according to Lt. Andrew Rateaver of the Berkeley Police Department.

The incident happened around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 16. There are no known injuries or suspects at this time.

Early unconfirmed reports from witnesses suggested the gunshots, which left multiple bullet casings on Telegraph Avenue, may have involved people in a car and a pedestrian.

There was no obvious damage to nearby buildings and police did not find any blood spatter, according to Rateaver. … Continue reading »

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Channing, Piedmont blocked due to suspicious device

The bomb squad robot near Channing and Piedmont. Photo: Siciliana Trevino
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Update, June 5, 9 p.m.: Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats told the Daily Cal that the device turned out to be “some kind of prop used for a fraternity’s costume party.” The device was spotted by a passer-by in a parking lot next to the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and an apartment complex.

Update, 3:25 p.m.: At around 1:30 p.m. Lt. Rateaver told Berkeleyside, “The incident at Channing has been terminated with nothing outstanding. Everything is safe.”

Original story, 12:47 p.m.: Police have been on the scene in Berkeley since 10 a.m. Saturday due to a suspicious device at Channing and Piedmont reported by a passer-by, authorities said.

Traffic is closed at north- and southbound Piedmont Avenue, and east- and west-bound Channing Way, as authorities investigate the situation.

Lt. Andrew Rateaver of the Berkeley Police Department said a passer-by reported seeing the suspicious device and said it might be “explosive-related.” … Continue reading »

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Police recognize retirement, celebrate promotions

Friends, co-workers and family applaud retiree Lt. Diane Delaney, who started with the force in 1985. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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More than 100 people crowded into the Maudelle Shirek building in downtown Berkeley on Thursday morning to celebrate three promotions and recognize the retirement of a longtime officer from the Berkeley Police Department.

Opening these ceremonies to the public is a relatively new move by the department to give the community a chance to learn about how officers approach their work, said Police Chief Michael Meehan.

“It’s something I changed when I got hired,” said Meehan. “We’re proud of who we are and what we’re doing in this city, and we want people to know who their officers are.” … Continue reading »

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Police watch for violence at funeral for 19-year-old

A friend of Ceejay Reed's holds up a laminated memorial to him. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
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Berkeley police were out in force Thursday for the funeral of Ceejay Reed, 19, at McGee Avenue Baptist Church in South Berkeley.

The police established a visible presence on McGee and Stuart Street around 11 a.m. in an effort to deter a repeat of a shooting Tuesday night in East Oakland during a street vigil for Reed. On that occasion, a car driving by a group of people mourning Reed in the 5000 block of Melrose Avenue fired 20 to 30 bullets, one of which killed a 19-year-old Antioch man. Some of the bullets shattered the window of Oakland Fire Station 18, narrowly missing two firefighters, according to news reports. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley police officers honored for distinguished service

Officer Darrin Refferty pins a distinguished service medal on Officer Susan Lee at the Berkeley Police Association Awards ceremony on May 3, 21012. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
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The Berkeley Police Association honored seven Berkeley police officers for their outstanding service to the community in an awards ceremony on May 3 at Freight & Salvage.

The officers were honored for a variety of actions, including chasing down and apprehending a murder suspect, providing life-saving CPR and other medical treatment, and spearheading a program to help police officers deal with stress from the difficult demands of the job.

“We honor today those officers whose extraordinary work and heroic actions distinguish them from an already outstanding group of officers,” Said Officer Darrin Rafferty, the secretary of the Berkeley Police Association.

The awards ceremony started 30 years ago, he said. The last time awards were handed out was in 2007. … Continue reading »

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