Berkeley Distraught Over Decision to Stay With Urban Shield

Berkeley city leaders on Tuesday voted in favor of extending the Police Department’s participation in Urban Shield, a controversial training program. Community members protested Urban Shield, saying that it encourages militarized policing. A large number of police officers were present at the meeting and social media posts indicate that they beat attendees and even arrested two people.

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The City Council made an unpopular decision for the Berkeley Police Department to continue working with Urban Shield. (June 20, 2017)
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A large crowd flocked to a Berkeley City Council meeting to oppose Urban Shield. (June 20, 2017)
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Protesters face off against Berkeley police officers at a City Council meeting about Urban Shield. (June 20, 2017)
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A 73-year-old man was among the people who was roughly pushed back by Berkeley police officers at a City Council meeting. (June 20, 2017)
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Ellen Brotsky, the wife of this man who sustained cuts on his head, plans to file a complaint against the Berkeley Police Department. (June 20, 2017)
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People attended a Berkeley City Council to voice their displeasure about Urban Shield, a controversial training program. (June 20, 2017)
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Berkeley police officers speak about the Urban Shield program at a heated and packed City Council meeting. (June 20, 2017)
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Berkeley police officers stand guard at a volatile City Council meeting where leaders voted to continue participating in Urban Shield. (June 20, 2017)
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One person is arrested at the Berkeley City Council that drew a large turnout, with several people voicing their discomfort about a militarized police force. (June 20, 2017)
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Attendees speak out against Urban Shield, which they say allows police to target minorities. (June 20, 2017)
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Urban Shield is an annual four-day training program for law enforcement officials, but it is unwelcome in Berkeley. (June 20, 2017)
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Voting in favor of Urban Shield permits police officers to view the community as a problem, opponents claim. (June 20, 2017)
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