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Alameda City Officials And Residents Respond To Policing Following The Death Of Mario Gonzalez

In early May, Alameda City Council voted on police reform measures. Including routing mental health and non-violent emergencies to non-police responders. These decisions were made during a special meeting several weeks after the death of Mario Gonzales. The 26-year-old man from Oakland died after Alameda police handcuffed him and pinned him to the ground. The video of Gonzales’ death has sparked discussions about race and policing on the island.

"My son is so afraid of police violence that he refuses to get a driver's license."
Karena Acree-Paez

This past weekend, activists and Aztec dancers gathered a few feet away where Gonzales died. They performed a ritual ceremony and called for an end to police violence against people of color.

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Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She is the executive producer and host of the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds as well as the series Sights + Sounds Magazine. Jeneé also covers East Oakland for KALW. Jeneé has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.
Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.