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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 … Continue reading

January 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Bakersfield Residents Seek Police Reforms at City Council Meeting

Residents of Bakersfield expressed outrage to city leaders after after a teen girl said she was beaten by officers and attacked by a police dog. The case has led many … Continue reading

August 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

November 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Is being anti-police really that bad?

Keisa Reynolds meditates on how to compel essential changes within law enforcement and not cast herself as fundamentally “anti-police.” “[Most of] the problems are bigger than a few bad cops. How do we seek an … Continue reading

May 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

April 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

April 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Explorers program gives youth a new look at law enforcement

Richmond’s Police Explorer Program, a training program run by the city’s police department to train youth in law enforcement, has been around since the 1960s. “They reach out to youth and members of the … Continue reading

February 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Richmond youth get an audience with Attorney General Loretta Lynch

Loretta Lynch, the first African American woman ever appointed to Attorney General, visited Richmond in September as part of a six-city tour. She heard directly from young people in the … Continue reading

November 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Basketball tournament connects youth and police

The Saturday Basketball program was conceived as a way to get youth and police officers together in an environment that is not defined by law enforcement. Fresno police think the tournament can diffuse tension and address … Continue reading

September 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

National Night Out: communities against crime

National Night Out was conceived to promote a healthier relationship between communities and local law enforcement by bringing youth, residents and police officers together in a social environment. People in North … Continue reading

August 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

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