ACLU Report Exposes Excessive Force and Lack of Accountability in Local Law Enforcement Agencies

After two years of investigating the Bakersfield Police Department, the ACLU released a scathing report condemning the body’s civil rights abuses. But it’s still unclear whether anything is being done to reform the department. “The report named BPD “one of the deadliest” departments in the country.” Read more at South Kern Sol.

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Crushed hopes and empty chairs: A letter to Merced law enforcement

Merced law enforcement officers were invited to a recent event in Merced aimed at address mass incarceration and police accountability, the Merced Organizing Project’s Live Free Community Summit. But, as a 16-year-old writer states, no police officers or sheriff’s deputies came. “I wish I could ask you why you did not attend. Was it because […]

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Bakersfield trans community demands ‘Justice for Jasmine’

Violence targeting transgender individuals has risen in recent years across the country, especially against transgender women of color. In January, Bakersfield resident Jasmine Sierra was found dead in her apartment—and activists say law enforcement needs to do more to make transgender citizens feel safe. Police and media reports used her former, male name and made no mention of her transgender identity. “It saddens […]

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If you get harassed online, you can do something about it

According to one 2014 study, almost 30 percent of youth said they’d experienced some type of harassment online within the previous six months. Most of them never reported the harassment. Online sexual harassment crimes, largely affecting women, require special training for law enforcement—and the victim needs to take the first step. “Sexual harassment can leave a mark of fear […]

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