We, the undersigned, urgently request that the City of Berkeley ESTABLISH A MORATORIUM ON RAIDS ON HOMELESS CAMPS. The raids are inhumane, costly, and achieve nothing.
Each raid involves dozens of police and City workers costing taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars. The City specifically targets the visible homeless for drawing attention to what's lacking in the City's approach. Furthermore, the raids invite lawsuits by destroying personal property, inflicting health risks on particularly vulnerable people, and punishing whole groups of people for crimes committed by individuals. The City provides no explanation for what is accomplished by pushing human beings around from spot to spot.
The City should use staff time and taxpayer funds to find solutions that reduce the burden on emergency services and protect the human rights of our unhoused neighbors.