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Berkeley, Calif., Moves To Stop Police From Conducting Traffic Stops, Use Civilian City Workers Instead

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Berkeley, Calif., moved forward with a proposal Wednesday to eliminate police from conducting traffic stops and instead send unarmed civilian city workers.

The proposal is part of a broad overhaul of law enforcement – the City Council has set a goal of cutting the police budget by 50 percent.

The council approved the measure, proposed by Mayor Jesse Arreguin, in a nine-hour virtual meeting ending at 3 a.m.

“For far too long public safety has been equated with more police,” Arreguin said.

Though many cities have proposed sweeping police reforms in the wake of racial injustice protests, the plan to separate traffic violations from law enforcement is believed to be the first of its kind in the U. S.

The reform plan also seeks to remove homeless outreach and mental health and crisis management from the jurisdiction of armed officers, according to the East Bay Times.

It also establishes a community safety coalition and an analysis of police calls and responses to assess the overall police budget, specifically overtime costs.

The proposal calls to spend $160,000 from the city auditor’s budget to assess police calls and $200,00… (Read more)

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