Sgt. Mary Kusmiss, the public information officer who the Berkeley police chief sent to the home of a reporter around 1 am on March 9, prompting media coverage around the world, is stepping down from her post.
Update, 6:25 pm: The pedestrian who was involved in an accident on Marin and Colusa has been released from the hospital and is doing well, according to authorities. The preliminary collision investigation by BPD revealed that a senior female resident of Albany driving her car eastbound on Marin Avenue was making a southbound turn onto Colusa Avenue. A senior Berkeley male pedestrian was walking across Colusa from the southwest to the southeast in the crosswalk (thus eastbound in the crosswalk) when he was struck by the car.
When Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan wanted to find out how to contact Oakland Tribune reporter Doug Oakley to get him to change a story he had written, he directed a sergeant to look for an address on a police database.
Sgt. Mary Kusmiss of the Berkeley Police Department was put in a difficult and very awkward position by her boss, Chief Michael Meehan, when he asked her to go to a reporter’s house at 12:45 am on March 9 to request that a story be changed, according to an attorney who Kusmiss recently retained.
This story was rewritten at 2:50 pm for the purposes of clarity.
While eyes across the country are focused on Berkeley’s City Hall to see how it responds to Police Chief Michael Meehan’s attempts to get a reporter to change his story, the eyes at City Hall are all focused on Interim City Manager Christine Daniel.
Update 2:10 pm: Statement from Berkeley Police Association added below.
Update 2:30 pm. City officials respond to incident:
Update, 2:00 pm: From from BPD Sgt. Mary Kusmiss: “About 12:51 a.m., on Sunday, March 4, 2012, the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) received multiple reports from community members regarding gunshots heard in the area of 7th and Addison Streets. BPD patrol officers responded and found the victims at Sixth and Bancroft Way as they were trying to leave the area. City of Berkeley Fire Department (BFD) responded to medically assess the victims.”
Berkeley police have reviewed the agency’s actions on the night Peter Cukor was murdered and do not believe they took any missteps, Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan said Thursday.
The Berkeley High School Safety Committee is scheduled to meet today at 4:30 to discuss its school safety plan, but with the recent arrest of Billy Keys, the head of security, there is uncertainty about how to proceed.
A 20-year old Cal student who fell almost three stories Saturday night after climbing down a drainpipe on the side of a fraternity suffered serious head injuries and blood loss, according to police.
The atmosphere at Martin Luther King Middle School is normal today, following a fight on Wednesday between two students that sent one to the hospital.