Berkeley Copwatch to challenge Berkeley City Council re Kayla Moore's death in custody
KPFA Evening News, 04.28, 2013
KPFA Evening News Anchor David Landau: It's been two and a half months since Berkeley resident Kayla Moore died in police custody, after what the police first reported as a call for a mental health evaluation. Moore was an African American transgendered woman. The Berkeley Police still have not released a report. Nor have they lifted their hold on release of the Alameda County Coroner's report on the cause of her death. KPFA's Ann Garrison spoke to Berkeley Copwatch founder Andrea Prichett, who said that Copwatch will be at the Berkeley City Council meeting to demand answers this coming Tuesday.
KPFA/Ann Garrison: Andrea Prichett, why is Berkeley Copwatch headed for the Berkeley City Council meeting next Tuesday?
Andrea Prichett: We're calling on people to converge on the City Council meeting this Tuesday, April 30th, because we want the City Council to take charge of the Police Department. And what we mean by that is it's time for the Berkeley Police Department to release some information about what happened to Kayla Moore that night. They've had two and a half months to conduct their investigation and to gather their information and to analyze that information and to make a finding. That's fine. If they wanta drag their feet, we really don't care. But we do want them to release the police report. We also are calling on the City Council and the City Manager to have the Chief of Police withdraw the hold on the coroner's report that they have placed with the Alameda County Coroner. What we were told when we contacted the coroner's office was that they were not allowed to release it because the BPD put a hold on it.
KPFA/Ann Garrison: And there's also a resolution regarding mental health on Tuesday's Berkeley City Council agenda, right?
Andrea Prichett: Jesse Aragon, Council Member Aragon, has a proposal on the agenda, Item 31, that May be declared mental health month. Well, we're takin' up the spirit of mental health month and we
believe that there should be an absolutely transparent examination of mental health policy, police policies related to the handling of people with mental illness, or people who are having a psychiatric episode. We believe that we should have a public discussion about that.
KPFA/Ann Garrison: That was Andrea Prichett of Berkeley Copwatch, which will attend this Tuesday's Berkeley City Council meeting at 7 pm.
KPFA/David Landau: And that Berkeley City Council meeting will be at Berkeley City Hall, 2134 Martin Luther King Way, Berkeley.Copwatch says they plan to be outside before the meeting begins at 7 pm.