ONN – Berkeley’s 2022 Budget Update: More Money for Cops – video made by the YouTube channel in the video’s upper left hand corner.
The city of Berkeley has found ways to give the Berkeley Police Department even more money in 2022. The BPD budget starts at $77M, already a 10% increase from last year despite swelling support behind the demand to defund police and even promises from our own City Council back in July 2020 that this was a goal.
Now we find out that of the $8M funding we won for a non-police response to mental health, $1M will be handed over to the police, and another $1M will go to the Downtown Ambassadors and other similar groups. The Downtown Ambassadors, some one whom carry weapons, are hired by the Downtown Business Association (DBA) to protest the interests of private property and commerce in the downtown area, which means their main job is to harass and police our unhoused neighbors. They are private police, unaccountable to the people of Berkeley.
City Council votes on the 2022 budget on July 29. We can’t let them move forward with this!
Read our demands for a non-police response to mental health crises at bit.ly/CopwatchCares
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