Reporter Brett Murphy spent time covering the protests against police violence in Berkeley and Oakland. He shares his thoughts along with a video of the protests. Viewer warning: contains offensive language.
In reaction to the recent non-indictments of police killings of unarmed black men, hundreds marched throughout Berkeley Sunday night. Riots broke out around 10 p.m., as a mass of protestors vandalized and looted storefronts along the downtown corridor and Telegraph Avenue. Sunday night was also marked by clashes between violent protestors and non-violent ones.
A second round of violent protests shook Oakland Tuesday night in response to a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown.
Richmond is one of the few major (100,000-plus population) Bay Area cities still electing its council and school board members on an at-large basis, a 100-year old system that’s been under attack throughout California and the country as minority-repressive.
With assembly line efficiency, more than 300 Richmond residents—from Point Richmond to the Iron Triangle—came together to rebuild Parchester Park on Saturday.
Chevron has poured millions into a campaign committee to influence Richmond’s mayoral and City Council elections, and the unprecedented spending has fueled questions about what the oil titan hopes to achieve with the best city government its money can buy.
An analysis of city documents, invoices, travel receipts and bank statements dating to 2010 shows that McLaughlin has traveled less, missed fewer meetings, and spent less money on the trips than City Councilman Nat Bates.