Police and firefighters will continue participating in Urban Shield for a year while a subcommittee considers alternatives. The decision prompted outrage from a packed room.
There is no excuse for this City Council not to do what the council should have done a year and a half ago: take us out of Urban Shield and NCRIC.
Urban Shield’s racist, ‘warrior cop’ nature stands in clear contradiction with Berkeley’s values; pulling the city out should be a no-brainer based on that alone.
The city of Berkeley has just launched a new disaster alert system set to replace the old way of spreading the word about emergencies.
In a late-night move that sparked ire in the crowd, council announced it would postpone its vote on whether to continue to participate in the controversial Urban Shield program.
The sooner Berkeley rejects Urban Shield’s message by ending its participation, the sooner better training modalities which reflect our values will come into being.
Under the guise of “fighting terrorism” we’ve been tricked into another overreaction and Urban Shield is not needed by the Berkeley Police department.
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Participation in a program that ensures the highest level of training is acquired by our first responders is a no-brainer, but there are some parts to skip.
Scores of paramedics and police met Thursday at a Muslim college in North Berkeley to practice how they might respond if gunmen one day target the campus.
We live in an age of surveillance. We can no longer afford to bury our heads in the sand and hope that benign actors in local, state or alphabet-soup federal agencies will do the right thing.