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Researcher explores police and protester violence in the Occupy movement

As the nation's eyes watch police officers in Ferguson firing rubber bullets and tear gas into crowds of protesters, one UC Berkeley sociologist is...

Reports of grenade-type devices used in West Oakland raid

April 25, 2013
A high profile police raid occurred last night in multiple East Bay locations, with most activity centered at the Acorn public housing complex in...

Feds’ use of spy tools under scrutiny due to privacy concerns

April 3, 2013
If the FBI is trying to pinpoint the location of a suspect in your neighborhood, investigators could sweep up information from your mobile device...

Will it fly? Drones in Alameda County and (almost) San Francisco

February 15, 2013
During what one official called the “show-and-tell” portion of a public hearing held yesterday by a committee of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors,...

Tidbits on tech, race and gentrification in the Bay Area

February 6, 2013
The media and blogosphere have given us plenty to chew on lately as columnists, subversive Tweeters, and mischievous YouTube producers take to the Internet...

Police gear up for round two on Tasers

On February 4, the San Francisco Police Commission will hold the second of three planned community meetings to gauge support for a pilot program...

Bratton controversy divides Oakland community as council approves contract 7-1

Following a highly attended and closely watched meeting on Tuesday, Oakland City Council voted 7-1 to approve a $250,000 contract to hire a team...

Oakland to decide on controversial stop-and-frisk advocate Bill Bratton

On Tuesday, Oakland City Council will consider approving a $250,000 contract for an outside security consulting team, which could include controversial roving police chief...

Bullets fly

August 28, 2012
When cops shoot their guns, sometimes they kill or injure bad guys. Sometimes it turns out that the person who was shot didn't do...

Policing the police

Unprecedented Berkeley coalition is creating policies to regulate a wide variety of police-state abuses

Should Occupy pull back and reinvent itself?

December 9, 2011
Maybe it's time for the Occupy movement to simply take a bow, step off the national stage for now, and start planning its next...

Remember, remember the 5th of November

How a 17th century British rebel became the symbol of resistance to American empire

SFPD raids OccupySF again, using more force this time (PHOTOS AND VIDEO)

October 17, 2011
2:10 pm UPDATE: OccupySF plans to march on City Hall today (Mon/17) starting at 5 pm at Justin Herman Plaza. Police raided the OccupySF...

Force is the weapon of the weak: decrying the right’s violent rhetoric

American political discourse is being poisoned by some truly scary rhetoric from the right-wing, which is increasingly resorting to threats and condoning of violence,...