Some in our city complain of under-policing and inadequate police responsiveness, while others complain of over-policing, excessive use of force, and racial profiling. The Police Department’s data, as well as a review by the Center for Policing Equity, point to ongoing racial disparities in treatment. Some residents fear calling in the police, and some feel it’s hopeless to pursue a misconduct complaint.
It has been endorsed by many diverse community leaders and organizations. Finally we have a consensus Charter Amendment for Berkeley voters to approve. Key improvements include:
• Independence for the Police Review Commission (renamed the “Police Accountability Board”) from the City Manager, who also oversees the Police Department. This resolves an inherent conflict of interest.
• More access for the Board to the data they need to do their job.
• More time to investigate cases of alleged police misconduct.
• A more reasonable standard of evidence in misconduct cases.
These common-sense changes--long overdue--will help ensure that all members of our community feel safe, secure, and valued.
For more information and ways to get involved, e-mail the Campaign for a Safe Berkeley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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