EBC AGENDA | DEC 15-21 | BERKELEY revisits police pepper spray policy; ALAMEDA land swap for 589 housing units; ALAMEDA COUNTY Coliseum sale talks; OAKLAND reboots

THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 15-21--BERKELEY-- Special council meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 6 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--MOVE TO REPEAL PEPPER SPRAY ORDINANCE-- Last September, the City Council approved authorization for the police department to include pepper spray under its use-of-force policy. Pepper spray had been prohibited under the 1997 city ordinance, but the outbreak of conflicts this year between protesters … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | DEC 15-21 | BERKELEY revisits police pepper spray policy; ALAMEDA land swap for 589 housing units; ALAMEDA COUNTY Coliseum sale talks; OAKLAND reboots

Berkeley City Council backs use of pepper spray during protest

BERKELEY CITY COUNCILBerkeley is facing an unprecedented and highly-coordinated effort by extremists groups to repeatedly turn the city into a battle ground, Interim Berkeley Police Chief Andy Greenwood told the City Council Tuesday afternoon.With large plywood shields and rudimentary weapons used recently by protesters splayed on the city council chamber floor, an amendment to the … Continue reading Berkeley City Council backs use of pepper spray during protest