Berkeley City Lawmakers Propose Limits On Police Posting Protestor Mugshots

Updated: Mar 15, 2020

Berkeley city lawmakers have proposed a new ordinance to ban police from posting mugshots on social media, so long as the person arrested does not pose a direct threat to the public.

This ordinance comes among the Guardian's Sam Levin reporting Berkeley Police Department posted protestor's personal information and mugshots on Twitter. Levin finds: "new emails have shown that the city has an explicit policy of targeting protesters with mugshot tweets, with the goal of using 'social media to help create a counter-narrative.'" However, these actions led to Fox News coverage and widespread protestor harassment.

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