SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The city of Berkeley, California, moved forward Wednesday with a proposal to eliminate police from conducting traffic stops and instead use unarmed civilian city workers as part of a broad overhaul of law enforcement. The City Council It also set a goal of cutting the police budget by 50%.
The council approved the plan during a nine-hour virtual meeting that ended at 3 a.m., the East Bay Times reported.
The vote calls on the city manager to convene a “community engagement process” to pursue the creation of a separate department to handle transportation projects as well as enforcement of parking and traffic.
“For far too long public safety has been equated with more police,” said Mayor Jesse Arreguin.
It’s believed the plan to separate traffic from law enforcement is the first of its kind in the U.S. and it comes as many cities attempt broad public safety reforms following the death of George Floyd while