The city will work to create a new transportation department with a “racial justice lens” and a Specialized Care Unit staffed by a “network of crisis responders” to respond to non-criminal calls, among other changes.
“New leadership is required,” said Councilmember Cheryl Davila in an item she submitted Tuesday. Council will also discuss a raft of other items related to police reforms.
No arrests have been made in connection with the graffiti which BPD said would be cleaned up on Tuesday.
After containing the fire, firefighters continued to put out “hot spots” for about 1.5 hours.
The Berkeley City Council shifted more than $9 million out of the police department budget Tuesday night to help pay for a range of reforms called for by community members and city officials alike in recent weeks.
Two men with a gun fired it twice in separate incidents Sunday night in Berkeley and one of them pointed the gun at a woman walking alone that night when she rejected his “flirtatious advances,” police report.
Several roads and parking lots commonly used as viewpoints will be closed this year, UC Police reported.
A woman who was asleep in her bed Friday woke up in the middle of the night to find a stranger looming over her, authorities report. The alleged intruder was charged Monday with sexually motivated burglary.
Residents locked themselves in their rooms while they waited for police to arrive. The man was ultimately arrested on suspicion of burglary and sent for a psychiatric evaulation.
Loud pops, cracks and fireworks in recent weeks have prompted hundreds of posts on social media, passionate threads on neighborhood forums and, perhaps inevitably, conspiracy theories.
Police arrested two men outside the 7-Eleven in Southside Berkeley after hearing gunfire there Sunday night, authorities report.
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