Commission Raises Concerns About ‘Severe And Long-Lasting’ Health Effects Of Pepper Spray
Berkeley's Police Review Commission has recommended banning cops' use of pepper spray within a crowd.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Berkeley May Repeal Law That Lets Police Use Pepper Spray During Violent Protests
A civilian commission in Berkeley worried about the health effects of pepper spray is urging the City Council to repeal an ordinance that allows police officers to use the chemical on violent protesters.T he council approved the law in September in response to a series of destructive political clashes between extremist groups in the city. (Veklerov, 12/18)
In other news from across the state —
Stnaislaus County Mental Health Computers Are Recovering From Attack. ‘... Not Going To Pay A Ransom’
Work continued Monday to restore computers that were disabled last week by a cyberattack on Stanislaus County’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Services department. Information technology staff worked over the weekend and, by Monday morning, 10 computers were back online with access to electronic health records, a county spokeswoman said. (Carlson, 12/18)