Black Lives Matter Triumphs in California City: Pending Armed Officers Waiver Initiative During Traffic Stops
Councilors for the city of Berkeley in Northern California have come close to removing armed officers from traffic control and replacing them with unarmed civilians.
This initiative was a response to the long-term persecution of the black population. According to statistics, African Americans are killed during such stops much more often than whites. At the moment it is not known what the consequences will be if the "unarmed white controllers" who have replaced the police begin to die.
Also, this decision was preceded by numerous calls for the disbandment of the police and the defunding of the police at the protests after the death of George Floyd.
Berkeley's mayor, Jesse Arreguin explained that this idea is still far from being applied in practice.
“There may be situations where police do need to intervene, and so we need to look at all that,” he said. “We need to look at if we do move traffic enforcement out of the police department, what does that relationship look like and how will police officers work in coordination with unarmed traffic enforcement personnel?”
Mark Cronin, a director with the Los Angeles Police Protective League, opposed the innovation, saying that such a "social experiment" would fail.
“I think what Berkeley is doing is nuts,” said Cronin. “I think it’s a big social experiment. I think it’s going to fail.”