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Berkeley approves goals to cut police budget by 50%, reduce cops' role in traffic enforcement

Berkeley approves goals to cut police budget by 50%, reduce cops' role in traffic enforcement

A tense, nine-hour Berkeley City Council meeting ended early Wednesday morning with a sweeping set of new public safety reforms, including a pledge to eventually cut the Police Department budget in half and create a Department of Transportation to reduce traffic stops based on race.But critics of the plan called the actions hollow without a clear timeline for when and how they’ll take shape.An omnibus bill proposed by Mayor Jesse Arreguin, which passed 8-0 with one abstention, will reduce the use of Berkeley police in traffic stops as well as homeless and mental health crisis responses,...

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Punch near Golden Gate Park in SF leaves man with life-threatening injuries

Punch near Golden Gate Park in SF leaves man with life-threatening injuries

A man punched another man in the face Monday afternoon in San Francisco, causing life-threatening injuries, authorities said.The victim, a man in his 30s, was walking near Golden Gate Park on Turk Street around 3 p.m. when another man approached him and punched him, according to San Francisco police. The victim collapsed and lost consciousness. He was later taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.A 28-year-old man was arrested Monday in connection to the assault, police said.Brett Simpson is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: . Twitter:

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