Berkeley to Address #BlackLivesMatter Policing Issues

AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen
AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen

The Berkeley City Council will meet on Tuesday to address several police response-related issues pertaining to vandalism and other incidents because of protests over the deaths of two black men in Missouri and New York.

According to the Contra Costa Times, the items that are up for discussion will reportedly include calls for the following:

  • A recommendation for Berkeley police to use in-vehicle dashboard and body cameras
  • An investigation into a “response by police to a Dec. 6 demonstration
  • “A call to endorse national efforts to demilitarize local police forces”
  • A ban on the use of chemical agents (tear gas), rubber bullets, other projectiles, and “over-the-shoulder baton strikes” to control crowds
  • Development of “alternatives to incarceration

Tuesday’s meeting will be the council’s third attempt to discuss the December events, according to the Times. The first two times, the issue was not addressed due to time constraints.

This time, however, the council plans to hold the discussion early in the meeting to avoid the two previous scenarios, notes the Times.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. in the council chamber at 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, California 94704.

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