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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »