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What Does Mental Health Crisis Response Look Like Without Police?
Responding to Mental Health Crises without Berkeley Police: A Community Forum 
When: Saturday, April 8, 2017, 12:30pm - 4:30pm
Where: 1924 Cedar St at BFUU Fellowship Hall
* Snacks provided * Wheelchair accessible *
* Low-scent space (please refrain from using scented products *

Join Justice 4 Kayla Moore and Berkeley Copwatch on Saturday, April 8th at our forum to hear from individuals and organizations who are fighting for, building and living out mental health alternatives to the police. We will also discuss next steps for our campaign to fight for changes in how our communities and the City of Berkeley approach mental health crises. Please join us and help spread the word to friends, comrades, and strangers alike.

Accessibility info: The space is wheelchair accessible and we will have a scent-free seating area during the large-group portion of the event. Please contact (510) 224-5950 or to discuss additional access needs. 

Need a ride? Please contact or (510) 224-5950 to check availability.

Upcoming Shifts
Tuesday 4/4, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Friday 4/14, 8pm - 11pm
Shift Report: 3/17/2017
On the Friday evening of St. Patrick's Day, eight copwatchers were out in a mass Copwatch from 9:00 to 11:00pm. That evening, a pair of incidents were worthy of note, revealing much about the nature of enforcement of law in Berkeley. The first was a shooting incident at a commercial location near Telegraph Avenue.  Copwatchers arrived at the scene and mingled among the police and the crowds and eventually ascertained the same thing that was concluded by several cops in multiple police trucks: a person had shot himself in the leg, causing confusion and curiosity. In the meantime, we shared "know your rights" cards and information about Copwatch's mission with concerned onlookers.

At the end of the evening, on the other hand, Copwatch was more directly involved in a police action. A young black man driving a minivan was pulled over at Milvia and Kittredge (that was later ascertained from speaking with the young man). For 35 minutes, Copwatch took footage from two angles and, despite deliberate interference from the cops, took notes of the situation. After the young man and his passengers were handcuffed and the car searched, the young man was cited and released. The young man avoided the expense of towing by allowing a Copwatcher to drive his car to a safe parking location until his license and documents could be updated.

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Trial to Begin 10/23/2017!
Family Fights for Disability Rights 

At the most recent court hearing at San Francisco's Federal District Court, the judge and parties to the case established the trial dates for Moore v. the City of Berkeley, which are to be from October 23 to October 27, 2017. Earlier in the month, it had been highly encouraging for folks gathered in downtown San Francisco when the judge ruled in favor of a jury trial over a bench trial. The judge specifically indicated that plaintiffs "can probably get more out of a jury than they can out of me." After the four long years that Kayla's family and supporters have waited for some measure of justice, it is good to have assurance of a jury and confirmed trial start date.

Of particular interest at this point, Attorney Adante Pointer of the Law Offices of John L. Burris, who represents the Moore family, believes this case will have a significant impact regarding how police will be required to take into consideration the rights guaranteed to individuals under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If family's lawyers persuade the court that the Berkeley Police Department made inadequate accommodation for Kayla's disability when responding to the reported 5150 call that resulted in her death, the case may prove to be extremely significant in the fight for individuals' rights against police abuse of force. Attorneys confirm that the "ADA is a federal law that requires police to factor in a person's disability when dealing with them during the course of a detention or arrest meaning the police cannot treat the person like a common criminal or thug simply because the person's disability is making the person have a difficult time comprehending or complying with an officer's orders." Such a precedent would put significant pressure on police to change their prevailing practices of failing again and again to make accommodations for people with disabilities.



In order to achieve our goals this year, we need some stuff! We're looking for a new police scanner and a new computer, as well as the funds to help print materials and revamp our website. Or, if you would like to donate some money to our general fund, that would be amazing too! Berkeley Copwatch is an all volunteer organization that is supported by the community. If you have any leads, or would like to donate, please email us.
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2022 Blake Street
Berkeley, CA  94704
(510) 548-0425
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