Lawsuit: Berkeley police greeted Black man with, ‘Hey OG,’ improperly arrested him for ‘carrying his flute like a weapon’

February 23, 2021

By Nate Gartrell

From the article: "...The allegations are reminiscent of a 2020 controversy in the city of Alameda, where police violently for dancing a few feet off the sidewalk during a jog. The Alameda County District Attorney’s office declined to charge him, and DA Nancy O’Malley publicly criticized the arrest, saying that officers lacked probable cause and should have let him continue on his way.

In Berkeley, the City Council is set to meet Tuesday night to consider significant police reforms, including restricting officers from conducting stops for low-level offenses. This comes in response to a 2018 study by the non-profit Center for Policing Equity, which found Black people were six-and-a-half times more likely to be stopped by police than white people."

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