1. Berkeley police cracked down harshly on protesters on Saturday night, unleashing volleys of tear gas and striking demonstrators with nightsticks and rubber bullets, Berkeleyside and the Chron report. Some journalists also were reportedly struck by police. Protests also turned ugly as small groups of demonstrators broke windows and looted stores, while other demonstrators called for peace. The raucous demonstrations then continued on Sunday night, with protesters shutting down Highway 24 for a time, vandalizing police cars, setting fires, and looting more businesses on Telegraph Avenue and other areas of Berkeley and North Oakland. The demonstrations against police brutality in Ferguson and Staten Island are expected to continue nationwide.
[jump] 2. School districts throughout the Bay Area, particularly in wealthy enclaves, have been hiring private investigators to spy on schoolchildren to determine whether kids are living within district boundaries, the CoCo Times$ reports. The surveillance of children has prompted a backlash from civil libertarians.
3. Richmond police officers will be wearing body cameras next year thanks to a grant from the US Department of Justice, the CoCo Times$ reports. Body cameras record all interactions between police and the public.
4. Outgoing Richmond City Councilmember Corky Booze will be jailed if he fails to abide by a court order that requires him to keep his once-blighted property cleaned up, the Chron reports.
5. And a judge ordered venture capitalist Vinod Khosla to open Martins Beach near Half Moon Bay, telling the billionaire that he had no right close it off from the public, the Chron reports.