“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.
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.
Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and persistent calls to reform policing, officials pledged Tuesday night to remake the city budget as a “moral document” that better reflects Berkeley values.
Officials have promised to overhaul what public safety looks like in Berkeley in response to protests that have resonated across the city and nation in recent weeks.
They are angered and disturbed by Police Chief Andy Greenwood’s comment that if police had no more access to tear gas, they might have to use firearms to respond to violent protesters.
Members of the community can hear from, and talk to, City Manager Dee Williams-Ridley, Police Chief Andrew Greenwood and Health Officer Dr. Lisa Hernandez.
The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to ban tear gas permanently and stop the police use of pepper spray and smoke during demonstrations that take place amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Violent crime was down in Berkeley in 2018 for the first time in recent years, Berkeley police reported Tuesday night, and property crime was down, too.
Veteran officers have been leaving the department in record numbers, walking away from friends and generous benefits to start over at other agencies. What has driven the exodus?
Crime reports in Berkeley fell by double-digit percentages in the first half of 2018, with fewer robberies, rapes, aggravated assaults and property crimes than in the first half of 2017, authorities reported.
Black and Hispanic people stopped by BPD are searched “at much higher rates” than white people, researchers told the PRC this week, but disparities don’t automatically mean bias.
Violent crime is up in Berkeley by double digits for the third year running, according to the latest annual crime report from the Berkeley Police Department.