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Protest against police brutality held in downtown LA for 2nd straight night

Protest against police brutality held in downtown LA for 2nd straight night

Protesters gathered in downtown L.A. for another night of demonstrations against police brutality. LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Protesters gathered in downtown Los Angeles for another night of demonstrations against police brutality following the Kenosha, Wisconsin police shooting of Jacob Blake. A group of about 50 to 75 demonstrators gathered near Men’s Central Jail Tuesday at about […]

Hundreds Turn Out for ‘Back the Blue’ Rally in Seattle Ahead of Defunding Vote

Hundreds Turn Out for ‘Back the Blue’ Rally in Seattle Ahead of Defunding Vote

BY ZACHARY STIEBER Hundreds of people attended a “back the blue” rally in Seattle on Aug. 9, voicing their opposition to efforts to defund the city’s police department. The City Council is scheduled to vote on approving cuts to the police on Aug. 10. The crowd, many of whom wore blue, chanted “SPD” and “Back the blue.” The rally was […]

Westlake Rally Supports Police Officers on 4th of July

Westlake Rally Supports Police Officers on 4th of July

Words and Photos by Beverly Wurts, The rally lasted about 2 1/2 hours in the hot July sunshine.   There was about 170 in attendance.  The police joined rally goers in taking pictures and enjoying support from the local community. Those rally goers were spread out over the four corners of Westlake and Thousand Oaks Boulevards.  […]

Police Reform Now – Why We Distrust and Fear the Cops

Police Reform Now – Why We Distrust and Fear the Cops

    By Armando Vazquez To quote the late artist genius Gil Scott-Heron in his seminal poem written in 1978,  A poem for Jose Campos Torres, “I had said I wasn’t gonna write no more poems like this. I had confessed to myself all along, tracer of life, poetry trends. That awareness, consciousness, poems that […]

Policing For Profit: How Civil Asset Forfeiture Has Perverted American Law Enforcement

Policing For Profit: How Civil Asset Forfeiture Has Perverted American Law Enforcement

    By Sam Jacobs Picture this: You’re driving home from the casino and you’ve absolutely cleaned up – to the tune of $50,000. You see a police car pull up behind you, but you can’t figure out why. Not only have you not broken any laws, you’re not even speeding. But the police officer […]

U.S. Senate needs to debate the JUSTICE Act: Make calls now to Democrat Senators

U.S. Senate needs to debate the JUSTICE Act: Make calls now to Democrat Senators

    By Michael Hernandez The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote Wednesday on whether to debate the Just and Unifying Solutions to Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act. No debate means no criminal reform legislation. This legislation sponsored by Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) “is an important first step toward addressing the inequality that many black Americans […]

Supreme Court Denies to Hear Challenges to Legal Doctrine Shielding Police From Misconduct Lawsuits

Supreme Court Denies to Hear Challenges to Legal Doctrine Shielding Police From Misconduct Lawsuits

BY JANITA KAN The Supreme Court on Monday has declined to revisit a widely debated legal doctrine—known as “qualified immunity”—that insulates police officers from civil liability over their conduct. The top court denied eight major cases (pdf) that presented opportunities for the justices to reconsider its qualified immunity doctrine, which shields government officials from liability for damages claims […]

Hundreds of Officers Injured Amid Weeks of Rioting, Police Union Says

Hundreds of Officers Injured Amid Weeks of Rioting, Police Union Says

BY PETR SVAB More than 700 officers in 24 states were attacked, most of them likely injured, amid riots across the nation over the past few weeks, according to an incomplete tally by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the country’s largest police union. Most of the attacks involved rioters throwing bricks and rocks at officers, […]

Abolishing The Police Is Becoming A More Popular Idea Among Left-Wingers

Abolishing The Police Is Becoming A More Popular Idea Among Left-Wingers

PETER HASSON SENIOR REPORTER Support for abolishing or defunding the police is quickly gaining support among left-wingers. Prominent liberal figures are increasingly embracing the radical idea amid the nationwide protests and violence following the death of George Floyd. Former Hillary Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon, who now leads left-wing group Demand Justice, tweeted out his support for defunding […]

POLITICS | Lawmakers look at Restricting Military Gear Going to Police

POLITICS | Lawmakers look at Restricting Military Gear Going to Police

BY MASOOMA HAQ The violent protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police have re-energized lawmakers to end the tradition of distributing surplus military gear to law enforcement organizations. Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) said he would lead an effort in the House Armed Services Committee to restrict the Pentagon’s 1033 Program which has […]