BERKELEY (KCBS) – Berkeley leaders are revamping the mutual aid policy for the city’s police department in response to allegations of police misconduct against Oakland officers in the crackdown on Occupy protestors.
Many of those who spoke at Tuesday night’s Berkeley City Council meeting said that they don’t want their city’s police department to be tainted with the kinds of allegations being directed at Oakland Police.
“We want our police department to operate with in the framework we already have set up for the city,” said Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates. “We want them to act in a way that’s as least violent as possible.”
KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:
The city council renewed mutual aid agreements with the University of California Police, as well as two umbrella law enforcement agencies. Still, the council delayed approving other measures that would have allowed the police chief to decline a request to respond to a mutual aid call involving instances of only civil disobedience.
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