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Improve local policing programs

End association with secure communities

Imagine yourself picked up by the Berkeley police on a minor matter. You’re quickly cleared for release, but the cops see that you were once suspected — NOT CONVICTED — of a more serious offense.
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The cost of doing business

CAMPUS ISSUES: The police’s raid of the Occupy the Farm encampment on May 14 was carried out successfully, but we are worried by the cost.

The raid of the Occupy the Farm encampment was implemented successfully, with the arrest of nine protesters and without violence. But we are alarmed by the purported cost of more than $300,000.
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Local police agencies seek to share armored vehicle

UCPD, Berkeley Police Department and Albany Police Department recently decided to partner to seek funding for an armored vehicle despite opposition from community members who fear it will be used to suppress protests. The proposal for the armored vehicle, known as the East Bay Tactical Intervention Vehicle, has not yet
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Community members gathered outside of the City hall to protest against the mutual aid agreement under debate at the Tuesday night meeting.

City Council postpones mutual aid to special meeting

At its meeting Tuesday, the Berkeley City Council voted to postpone discussion of the city’s contentious mutual aid pact until next week despite a large gathering of city and Bay Area residents who attended to speak about the pact. Councilmembers said the meeting agenda was “arduous” and there would not
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Contention raised over pact guaranteeing aid

The Berkeley City Council is set to consider next month whether to reapprove an agreement with an information-sharing agency some say could facilitate racial and ethnic profiling. The agreement the council will consider at its May 15 meeting is part of the city of Berkeley’s mutual aid pact  — a
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