Friends and family gather to demand accountability in police violence investigations

Friends and families of people killed by police in Kern County converged at Heritage Park to demand that law enforcement officials properly investigate fatal police-involved incidents. The District Attorney announced that — going forward — her office would review officer-involved shootings and uses of force resulting in death. But that wasn’t enough for people who’d already lost loved ones. They called for third-party, “truly independent” investigations of […]

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Confronting Operation Lemon Drop: police tactics gone too far?

This video focuses on Operation Lemon Drop, which the San Diego Sheriff says prevents crime by checking up on people on probation or parole.  Officers converge on the Lemon Grove trolley station, asking passengers to present a valid ticket and, if they have none, taking them aside for further questioning. Is this an effective way to “stop crime before it starts,” or is […]

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A public safety funding debate

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department is seeking additional funding in order to improve on police presence in high-risk areas, and help the department better respond to emergency calls. Others argue that addressing homelessness and improving the lives of young people with education are the way to prevent crime in the long-term. How does a community decide how […]

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Supervisors vote to end deportation program in L.A. County

This week L.A. County’s Board of Supervisors ended a program that placed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents inside jails to screen inmates for deportation, but replaced it with a policy that still supports collusion between jail officials and ICE. Opponents argue that the agencies’ collaboration leads to the deportation of low-level offenders like people picked up for driving without a license. “I […]

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Is Baltimore tipping off this generation’s Civil Rights Movement?

Each account of an unarmed man dying by the hands of police fuels anger and frustration, and in Baltimore, young people took to the streets to protest. Figures from Black history are awakened as resistance rises up against civil rights violations. Changing law enforcement’s treatment of people of color seems to be the target of this generation’s civil rights movement, but what is the strategy? “It gets […]

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Walking the line: reporting on protests and police response

At a forum UC Berkeley’s Journalism School, journalists and law enforcement talked about the task of covering protests fairly. They compared the media reaction to violent versus nonviolent protests, like those after the decision not to indict the officers who killed Eric Garner. “Because there was nothing burning [in New York], there was nothing being broken, the reporters that were covering that story on […]

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Young, brown, and looking ‘unsafe’

When Richmond resident David Meza was pulled over riding his bike in nearby Pinole, the officer asked why Meza was in Pinole and explained, “I’m not saying you’re doing anything wrong, you just look unsafe.” Upset by the experience, Meza posted the story on social media, and got supportive comments. But he wanted to go further and talk […]

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