- Associated Press - Thursday, September 22, 2016

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Berkeley’s police chief has resigned after several of his actions earned criticism from his officers.

Police department spokesman Sgt. Andrew Frankel tells the San Francisco Chronicle (https://bit.ly/2d3Lmof ) that Chief Michael Meehan resigned Wednesday after six years in the position.

Capt. Andrew Greenwood will become acting chief. He has worked with the department for 31 years.

Meehan did not immediately explain why he was quitting.

The former chief faced criticism for two 2012 incidents. He once assigned officers to track down his son’s stolen iPhone in what critics called preferential treatment. He also sent a sergeant to a reporter’s home after midnight to demand changes to a story.

Local officials praised Meehan, however, for working to decrease racial profiling and improve crisis intervention training, among other measures.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, https://www.sfgate.com

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