Who should police the police? California struggles with civilian oversight of cops
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Like so many other changes to law enforcement, demands for civilian oversight of police often have their roots in outrage. Oakland’s first citizen review board came in the wake of protests over the 1979 police killing of a teenager named Melvin Black. In Los Angeles and San Jose, new accountability offices in the 1990s followed the videotaped beating of Rodney KingNow, more than two months into a nationwide movement against police brutality and racial injustice sparked by the police killing of George Floyd, the chorus is rising again for stronger civilian control of law enfo...
The Mercury News
'It's like a vicious cycle': How the pandemic leaves the poor not only exposed, but hungry
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Rarely does a mother try to stop her child from drinking a glass of milk. But with schools closed and unemployment spiking during the pandemic, Lissete Frausto, a mother of two in Oakland, finds she has little choice.Her 4-year-old son normally gulps it down.“I’ve been trying to figure out things so that he doesn’t want to drink milk as often,” she said.Because of her husband’s immigration status, Frausto said her family was excluded from the federal stimulus checks. When schools and day care facilities closed, Frausto was forced to stop working and stay home to care for h...
The Sacramento Bee
California police accused of bending badges in ritual to mark on-duty kills
An investigation has been launched into a group of California police officers accused bending their badges to mark how many people they’ve killed while on duty and then partying at backyard barbecues to commemorate the occasion.According to a report by Open Vallejo, “a secretive clique” within the Vallejo Police Department has participated in the so-called “Badge of Honor” ritual for nearly a generation. The lengthy investigation uncovered that at least 14 of the 51 current and former officers have been involved in fatal shootings since 2000 and then had a point of their badge bent by a fellow...
New York Daily News