Oakland and Berkeley to Address Key Privacy & Police Accountability Measures

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Bay Area activists will be busy on Tuesday evening, December 15 attending and protesting at two important meetings.

The Oakland Public Safety Committee is set to create the Oakland Privacy Advisory Council, a key component of the ground-breaking Oakland Privacy Policy.  Police accountability is on the agenda for the Berkeley City Council meeting: The Council will finally hear the recommendations from the Police Review Commission one year after the police assault on Black Lives Matter demonstrators, and will vote on BPD agreements with law enforcement and military bodies, and discuss a new model of public safety proposed by Council member Jesse Arreguin.

Oakland Public Safety Committee
December 15
6 p.m.
1st floor, Oakland City Hall

The meeting agenda includes:

  • a proposal from 100 Black Men Of The Bay Area for better use of force training
  • the creation of the Oakland Privacy Advisory Council
  • administration of a $1,229,582 Urban Search and Rescue grant from FEMA

December 15
7:00 P.M.
Council Chambers – 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

The agenda includes:

Item 34:  Updates on Police and Community Relations Referrals
From: Councilmember Arreguin
 Schedule a work session on April 26, 2016 for staff to update City Council on the progress of the referrals approved at the February 24, 2015 Council meeting regarding Police and Community Relations.

Item 39:  Agreements, With Other Law Enforcement Agencies, Police Departments or Private Security Organization(Continued from December 1, 2015)
Attachment 1, Exhibit A
From: City Manager
 Conduct a public hearing, and at the conclusion of the hearing, adopt a Resolution approving agreements, understandings or policies existing or revised as of July 15, 2015 between the Berkeley Police Department and other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, military and/or intelligence agencies, police departments and private security organizations in order to maintain the current level of police resources and emergency services.  Review attached Suspicious Activity Reports and Mutual Aid requests/responses provided annually as per City Council request.

Item 40:  

  1. Report of Investigation Into the Police Department Response to Protests on December 6, 2014 (Continued from December 1, 2015)
    From: Police Review Commission
    1.¬†¬†Accept the PRC’s investigative report into the BPD’s response to the protests of December 6, 2014; and
    2.  Refer the report to the City Manager for implementation of the recommendations
    Financial Implications: Unknown
    Contact: Katherine Lee, Commission Secretary, 981-4950b. Response to PRC Report on BPD Response to December 6 Protests, Revision of Police Crowd Management Policies (Continued from December 1, 2015)
    From: City Manager
     Direct the City Manager to have the Berkeley Police Department collaborate with the Police Review Commission to further develop mutually agreed upon revisions to the Berkeley Police Department’s policies and procedures regarding response to protest activity and to report back to the Council within 180 days for an update.