A Berkeley City Council proposal to put a police oversight charter amendment on the November ballot has run out of time to be considered this fall.
Civilian oversight of the police is an emerging best practice. Enlightened police leaders understand that independent oversight is a critical part of fair and impartial policing.
Internal investigations of alleged misconduct are a necessary burden that officers in police agencies across the country must bear.
The proposal is not a vision on how to improve public safety and accountability in Berkeley, but a power grab by the PRC.
The Police Accountability Board will be responsible for setting priorities for the police and, importantly, promoting policy discussions about what is appropriate for policing.
The proposal is a compromise between those who advocated for an even stronger body similar to the one in Oakland and those who felt there was little need for change to the PRC.
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.
Officials voted Tuesday night to create a new yearlong task force to study racial disparities in police stops in Berkeley to consider whether changes should be made.
People are crying out for transparency and justice in the wake of more fatal incidents involving police.
The Berkeley City Council is slated to vote Tuesday on whether to place a controversial police oversight charter amendment on the November ballot.
The ballot initiative to create a new police oversight commission was crafted in secret and creates an onerous bureaucracy. A new initiative is in the works. Let's wait for that.
The push to give the PRC more authority over the police department is unneeded and unwarranted in Berkeley, which has an excellent department. Stop this misplaced zealotry.
Two PRC members circumvented fellow commissioners to put a measure on the ballot to strip oversight of BPD from the city manager.