Berkeley, CA City Council moves forward with ‘omnibus motion’ on police reform

The Berkeley City Council is moving forward with an “omnibus motion” that aims to eventually cut funding to the police department by 50% and strip officers of traffic enforcement duties.

Just before 3 a.m., eight councilmembers voted in favor of the mayor’s omnibus items which combines aspects of every police reform proposal on last night’s agenda. This is the first step in creating a city department of transportation which would allow for unarmed traffic enforcement to deal with violations. This is believed to be the first city in the nation to make this move. The decisions will be looked at again in November as the budget process begins.