The pearl city of progressive policy in California is pushing forward with a new plan to replace police with unarmed city workers when it comes to traffic stops.
Berkeley, a city known for its university atmosphere, Antifa rioting and telling the US Marine Corps that their recruiting offices were not welcome, is now handing over the dangerous job of conducting traffic stops to unarmed employees of the city.
Mayor Jesse Arreguin proposed the idea, and the move comes with another measure that would slash the Berkeley Police Department’s budget by fifty percent. The proposals were approved by the city council in a vote last night.
Berkeley police will also no longer respond to calls for people having mental health episodes or for homeless outreach. The city council meeting did not determine who would respond to those incidents.
“For far too long public safety has been equated with more police,” Arreguin said.
The city leaders proposed a Department of Transportation to deal with traffic stops and related issues.
According to Fox News, the city may be the first of its kind in the US to implement such practices.
Berkeley recently made headlines for defunding BPD by 12 percent, depriving it of $9.2 million that could have gone to new equipment, recruiting academies and training.
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