SHOULD BERKELEY POLICE USE TASERS ON THE PEOPLE OF BERKELEY?
Berkeley Police are asking the City Council for tasers. The City Council wants a study. The Coalition for a Taser Free Berkeley is convening a diverse panel to discuss their experiences with tasers and to help Berkeley make an informed decision. We invite members of the public, city employees and police officers who are genuinely concerned about how tasers will affect the community. We will consider taser effects on various communities, mentally ill people, previous cities’ experience with tasers and how taser use would be monitored and police officers be held accountable?
- Aram James, Activist and former Public Defender Palo Alto
- Barbara Ann White, Berkeley NAACP representative and Berkeley Mental Health
- James Chanin. Founding member of the Police Review Commission, Civil Rights lawyer
- Jeremy Miller, Program Director, Idriss Stelley Foundation, Co-organizer of the successful campaign to stop San Francisco from getting tasers
More speakers to be announced! Public discussion to follow.
This event is free and open to the public. It is wheelchair accessible.
COPWATCH AT UC BERKELEY
Berkeley Copwatch is working with UC students to offer Copwatch for Credit this Fall. This class is free and welcomes ALL members of the public. Fortunately, through the DeCal class at UCB, students can get up to 2 units of credit for reading, attending class and going on actual Copwatch shifts in the community. The first part of the class will focus on knowing your rights during police encounters and from there we will study community control, civilian review, specific cases including Eric Garner, Andy Lopez, Kayla Moore and more. Students will hear guest speakers on current topics in policing and the struggle for police accountability.