Berkeley Police Chief Andy Greenwood has told the Police Review Commission that, although a report on racial profiling has finally been provided to him by the Center for Equity Policing (CPE) he doesn’t want to release it yet. While the chief would like the report to be revised and delayed further, Berkeley Copwatch is demanding its immediate release.
It is almost two years since Berkeley Copwatch, the NAACP, ACLU and the NLG held a press conference to highlight the disparities in police stops in Berkeley. BPD and the City Council were notified that BPD police stops showed outrageous disparities in the races of those stopped. In fact, the statistics showed that African Americans were four times more likely to be stopped than European Americans. The chief claimed that he wanted a more professional analysis of the data before he could create a plan for dealing with this problem. He contacted the Center for Policing Equity and, after a two-year period of waiting, they finally gave him a report. Now it is time to distribute the report and to start talking about what to do about racism within BPD.
Chief Greenwood must let the people read the report and stop the delaying tactics. The City of Berkeley needs to know about their profiling problem and take steps to address it. People of Color in Berkeley have endured a two-year delay waiting for the city’s response to police based racism in our city. The Chief should not be trying to co-write the report at this point. He should comment on the report as it was submitted to him, and respect the fact that racism is an urgent matter and every day that racism is allowed to continue unchecked is another day of violence against communities of color.
ATTEND THE POLICE REVIEW COMMISSION MEETING TO DEMAND THAT
THE CHIEF RELEASE THE RACIAL PROFILING REPORT
Wednesday May 24, 2017 at 7pm
1901 Hearst Ave. Berkeley