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    Although many Southern California families did not know Breonna Taylor personally, the pain is personal as they grapple with the loss of their loved ones who were killed in incidents involving law enforcement.

    "I was crying because Breonna Taylor, I mean they walked into her house and shot her dead," said Trisha Shanklin. "They didn't charge the officers for nothing? This is exactly the feeling we've all been feeling."

    Shanklin and her twin, Kisha Michael, immigrated for Belize to Southern California as children.

    "My sister was a nurse. She was just a loving, caring person," Shanklin said.

    Each had three kids, but Shanklin is now raising all six with her husband and mother. In 2016, her sister was killed by Inglewood police.

    "For me as a sister and my mom, to still sit here and question all of this. Still no answers and no evidence," she said.

    At the time, police released brief and ambiguous information stating officers saw Michael with a gun while in a vehicle with Marquintan Sandlin. However, authorities did not explain why officers shot and killed them both. She was shot 13 times.

    Shanklin said the evidence was not provided to them and challenges the information released by law enforcement.

    "What made you kill her? What made you kill them? That's the big picture," she said. "That's a distraction that the police put out on TV so people could think differently."

    Under increasing pressure from community organizers, the five officers were fired.

    "I'm happy to be a part of Black Lives Matter, and I'm happy that they was there for my family."

    The officers filed a lawsuit.

    ABC7 reached out to their lawyer, who has not provided a copy of the lawsuit. He said the civil case was filed based on discrimination and was on track for a jury trial sometime next year.

    "They said they got fired because they was White," Shanklin said. Michael and Sandlin's families reached a settlement with the city of Inglewood.

    "It doesn't replace a sister. It doesn't replace a mother," Shanklin said.

    More than four years after Michael and Sandlin's killings, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey's office tells ABC7 that the matter remains under review.

    Michael's family is one of many who demonstrate outside of her office weekly for law enforcement accountability.

    "They need to get charged," Shanklin said. "How can you fire five officers but not charge them for negligence?"

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    There's a crazy petition here calling Abraham Lincoln a Genocidal maniac here. Yes the one the freed the slaves is now being framed as a genocidal person. Some excuse to keep structural racism here though.

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    “After watching last night’s debate,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday, “this signing can’t come too soon.”

    He was, of course, referring to outcry after president Donald Trump declined to denounce white supremacist groups during his debate with Joe Biden on Tuesday night.

    Newsom the signed Assembly Bill 3121 into law on Wednesday. The bill opens the door to the state paying reparations to Black Californians, especially those who are descendants of slaves. It specifically calls out insurance companies:

    Existing law requests the Regents of the University of California to assemble a colloquium of scholars to draft a research proposal to analyze the economic benefits of slavery that accrued to owners and the businesses, including insurance companies and their subsidiaries, that received those benefits, and to make recommendations to the Legislature regarding those findings.

    Existing law requires the Insurance Commissioner to request and obtain information from insurers licensed and doing business in this state regarding any records of slaveholder insurance policies issued by any predecessor corporation during the slavery era. Existing law requires insurers to research and report to the commissioner on insurance policies that provided coverage for injury to, or death of, enslaved people.

    AB 3121 does not commit to any specific payments. It calls for a nine-person task force that will make recommendations for how reparations could happen, whether through compensation or restitution.

    The task force created by the bill will consist of five gubernatorial appointees and four people chosen by the state legislature. “The Governor shall call the first meeting of the Task Force to occur no later than June 1, 2021,” it states. The task force is instructed to deliver recommendations no more than 12 months from that date.

    The task force’s powers, according to the law, include:

    -Holding hearings and sit and act at any time and location in California

    -Request the attendance and testimony of witnesses

    -Seek an order from a Superior Court compelling testimony or compliance with a subpoena

    Read the full text of 3121 here.

    For those who think slavery did not exist in California, there are these passages — and many others — from the state’s official Historical Society on the subject:

    California’s constitution proclaimed that “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, unless for punishment of a crime, shall ever be tolerated.” Yet archives statewide contain evidence that slavery was practiced out in the open.

    In 1848 when the gold rush hit, white southerners flocked to the state with hundreds of enslaved Black people, forcing them to toil in gold mines, often hiring them out to cook, serve, or perform a variety of labor. Sometimes fortunes were amassed on the backs of this free labor. Yet California’s place in the nation’s history of slavery is missing from most historical accounts and many are surprised to learn of its practice in the golden state.

    Among those on the Zoom call for the signing were members of the California Black Caucus, the Chicano Caucus and also Ice Cube, who was singled out specifically by the bill’s sponsor, Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), as “one of our real champions” who has supported the effort. He also got a “thank you” from Newsom just before the signing.

    Cube later tweeted his thanks to the governor.

    Weber called the bill “ground breaking,” and pointed out the bills were authored last year, long before the death of George Floyd and so many others sparked protests. “A lot of people think we’re responding to the moment,” said Webber, before pointing out that the imperatives go much further back. “We’re responding to the history of California.”

    The task force can also make recommendations on eliminating state laws and policies that perpetuate discrimination and on issuing a formal apology “for the perpetration of gross human rights violations and crimes against humanity on African slaves and their descendants,” according to the bill.

    “California has come to terms with many of issues, but it has yet to come to terms with its role in slavery,” said Weber, who chairs the black caucus and introduced the Assembly Bill 3121, said at the bill signing ceremony. “AB 3121 is groundbreaking for the United States, to basically say this state is going to deal with the issue of reparation and we’ll make a difference as the result of that.”

    In related news, Assembly Bill 3070, also introduced by Weber, was made law on Wednesday by Governor Gavin Newsom. The law combats racial discrimination in jury selection. It establishes a presumption that certain reasons for excluding jurors are proxys for racial discrimination. The law seeks to root out implicit or unconscious bias in jury selection.

    Newsom also signed AB 979 which requires publicly-held corporations headquartered in California to have at least one director from an underrepresented community by the close of 2021, was jointly authored by Assembly members Chris Holden (D- Pasadena), Cristina Garcia (D-Downey) and David Chiu (D-San Francisco), with Assemblywoman Eloise Gomez Reyes (D-San Bernardino) and Sen. Ben Hueso (D-Chula Vista) as principal co-authors.

    “The new law represents a big step forward for racial equity,” Holden said. “While some corporations were already leading the way to combat implicit bias, now, all of California’s corporate boards will better reflect the diversity of our state. This is a win-win as ethnically diverse boards have shown to outperform those that lack diversity.”

    At one point one assmblymember expressed what were likely the sentiments of all present. With a wink to Ice Cube he said, “Today was a good day.”

    City News Service contributed to this report.

    You can watch the signing below.

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    "The bill opens the door to the state paying reparations to Black Californians, especially those who are descendants of slaves".

    Hmmm. Are there black californians who aren't descendants of slaves?

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    LOS ANGELES – The organizer of a Southern California rally against police brutality and racism has been charged with attempted murder for driving her car into counterprotesters and running over a woman's head.

    Tatiana Turner deliberately drove into a crowd of President Donald Trump's supporters with the intent to kill the woman and also seriously injured a man who broke his leg, Orange County prosecutors said Tuesday.

    “She positioned her vehicle to be used as a backup weapon and she used that vehicle as a deadly weapon, willing to injure and kill those who stood in her way,” District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in a statement.

    A defense lawyer said Turner tried to get help from deputies Saturday in Yorba Linda after her group was overwhelmed by a hostile crowd.

    Turner saw people with guns and feared for her life when she got into her car that was blocked by Trump supporters, attorney Ludlow Creary II said. She was trying to get away and didn't intend to hit anyone, he said.

    “There were actions that caused her to become fearful for her life, and that’s when she accelerated,” Creary said.

    Turner, 40, made her first appearance in court remotely from the jail and was ordered held on $1 million bail. A not guilty plea was entered on her behalf by her lawyer.

    The incident is one of more than 100 where motorists have plowed into demonstrations since late May after protests against police brutality that grew nationwide over the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis officer, according to Ari Weil, deputy director on the Chicago Project on Security and Threats at the University of Chicago.

    The vast majority of those cases tallied by Weil involved motorists who ran into those demonstrating for causes aligned with the Black Lives Matter movement, Weil said. He knows of only one other instance where that wasn't the case when a man drove into a people rallying in support of police officers in Eaton, Colorado, in July.

    “It’s a man bites dog case when compared to the usual pattern,” said Jody Armour, a law professor at the University of Southern California.

    Armour said it may be difficult for prosecutors to prove Turner tried to kill someone because it requires showing she was more than just reckless or negligent.

    “When you’re talking about attempted murder, you’re talking a requirement that the state prove that ... she drove into the crowd with the true purpose to cause someone’s death,” Armour said. “That says something about their motivations, their character, their state of mind. It’s a value judgment. It’s a moral judgment.”

    Prosecutors are alleging just that. The felony complaint said Turner had the “specific intent to kill” the woman who was run over.

    The victim has not been named. Authorities said she was hospitalized with major injuries and expected to survive.

    Turner, who has a felony record for drug sales and domestic violence, is also charged with six counts of assault with a deadly weapon, including one count for causing great bodily injury, mayhem, and two counts of the use of pepper spray by a felon.

    Turner’s group, Urban Organizers Coalition, had planned a peaceful march Saturday at the Yorba Linda Library, about 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles. But they were quickly outnumbered and threatened by the other group, Creary said.

    The DA, however, referred to Turner's group as “professional militant organizers." Turner was seen in videos waving a baton and spraying what appeared to be pepper spray earlier in the protest. Some members of her group had helmets and riot shields.

    Creary said the charges were excessive.

    “In my opinion, it's a message to activists that go to OC," Creary said. "They want to let them know that they’re going to push to the full extent of the law against activists. Again, it's part of the hostile environment.”

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    How do you have a car run over your head and live?

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    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ president issued another plea for members to help end racism, saying Sunday at the faith’s signature conference that God loves people of all races equally and that it pains him to see Black people suffer prejudice.

    Russell M. Nelson’s comments followed similar speeches by other top leaders Saturday at the conference that comes as many members live through a reckoning over racial injustice, especially in the U.S. following the May police killing of Black man George Floyd.

    “God does not love one race more than another. His doctrine on this matter is clear,” Nelson said. “I assure you that your standing before God is not determined by the color of your skin.”

    Members believe church presidents are living prophets who receive revelations from God.

    Like the leaders who spoke on Saturday, Nelson didn’t mention the church’s past ban on Black men in the lay priesthood. The prohibition — which stood until 1978 — was rooted in the belief that black skin was a curse. It remains one of the most sensitive topics in the faith’s history.

    The church disavowed the ban and the reasons behind it in a 2013 essay but has never issued a formal apology — a necessary step for some members.

    The Utah-based religion known widely as the Mormon church doesn’t provide ethnic or racial breakdowns of its 16.6 million members — but scholars say Black followers make up a small portion of adherents. None of the 15 men who will sit on the faith’s top leadership panels are Black. Church leadership did become more diverse in 2018 when it sent to the previously all-white Quorum of the Twelve Apostles its first-ever apostles of Latin American and Asian descent.

    This weekend’s twice-yearly conference is the second one held this year without an audience.

    Since becoming president in 2018, the 96-year-old Nelson has called for racial harmony and launched a formal partnership with the NAACP.

    “I grieve that our Black brothers and sisters the world over are enduring the pains of racism and prejudice,” Nelson said.

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    DALLAS (NEXSTAR) — The hashtag #ProudBoys, regularly used by a far-right group mentioned in Tuesday’s presidential debate, was taken over this weekend by gay men celebrating their relationships.

    When President Donald Trump was questioned about white supremacists and the Proud Boys during the Cleveland event, Trump told the group to “stand back and stand by.” He clarified that statement Wednesday telling the group to stand down.

    The Proud Boys became a trending topic on social media in the days that followed as they celebrated the president’s comments at the debate, with more than 5,000 of the group’s members posting “Stand Back” and “Stand By” above and below the group’s logo.

    But all that changed when gay men hijacked the hashtag over the weekend.

    Matt Dechaine, one of the men who initially contributed to the hashtag, told CNN his goal was to spread joy instead of divisiveness.

    “It feels like the movement for positive change for all is gathering momentum all the time and I’m glad to be a small part of it,” Dechaine, who is from England, told CNN. “By coming together rooted in respect and love for each other, the world can be so much better.”

    While the vast majority of posts were made by typical gay couples, some celebrities joined in by posting on Twitter throughout the weekend.

    “Brad and I are #ProudBoys, legally married for 12 years now,” wrote actor and activist George Takei. “And we’re proud of all of the gay folks who have stepped up to reclaim our pride in this campaign. Our community and allies answered hate with love, and what could be better than that.”

    Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the Proud Boys, told CNN he doesn’t understand what the posts are seeking to accomplish.

    “I think it’s hysterical. This isn’t something that’s offensive to us. It’s not an insult,” said Tarrio. “We aren’t homophobic. We don’t care who people sleep with. People think it’s going to bother us. It doesn’t.”

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    Grand jury indicts St. Louis couple who pointed guns at protesters

    A grand jury in St. Louis on Tuesday indicted Mark and Patricia McCloskey on counts of exhibiting a weapon and tampering with evidence four months after footage circulated showing the couple pointing guns at Black Lives Matter protesters outside their home.

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    Customers at a West Hollywood Pavilions parking lot prevented a woman and her father from leaving the area Monday after an altercation that left a security guard bleeding.

    Witnesses said the woman, identified as 37-year-old Kashmire Duran, assaulted a Black security guard, Natosha Lawson, and shouted racial slurs at her. The incident was captured on video.

    Lawson said the father and daughter were initially arguing amongst themselves outside the store, and when she went to check on them, Duran turned the anger on her.

    “She gets a water bottle and she throws it at me and says get the f— out of here,” adding a racial slur, Lawson said.

    The security guard then turned to Duran’s father and said it was time for him to take his daughter home so she didn’t hit anyone.

    Duran then allegedly got out of the car and asked if she was threatening her, adding a racial slur again.

    Lawson says the woman stuck her phone in her face, and when she tried to move her hand, the woman slapped her. That’s when the fight ensued, Lawson said.

    “Then she catches my finger in her mouth and proceeds to chomp down on my finger,” Lawson said. The pair continued the physical fight until a man intervened and separated them.

    Duran and her father then tried to drive away, but passerby stood in front of the car until deputies arrived.

    At this point, Lawson said she was bleeding.

    Witness Carlos Sapene started recording after he heard the exchanges in the fight. He can be heard saying, “She’s bleeding.”

    “You could see the face of the security guard, that dehumanizing feeling,” Sapene said. “She grabbed dog food and started throwing it at the security guard. How do you as a human do that to another human being is beyond me.”

    Duran was arrested and could face a felony charge.

    Lawson was taken to a hospital and treated for her injuries. She says in her four years as a security guard, this is the first time she’s experienced anything like this.

    “This is my job. I’m trying to work, to make a living,” she said. “I didn’t get up yesterday to be attacked by a crazy person, a crazy racist person at that. It really hurts me. It really makes me angry. I’m still trying to put it together.”

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    A protest in front of City Hall in Kansas City over the arrest of a pregnant Black woman entered its seventh day on Thursday.

    Demonstrators have camped out in front of City Hall after videos circulated showing a white Kansas City police officer kneeling on the back of a Black pregnant woman during her arrest last week.

    The protesters are demanding for Police Chief Richard Smith to resign and the officer involved to be fired. They are also calling for the city to redistribute 50 percent of the department’s budget to social services to help the Black community, according to The Associated Press.

    The arrested woman’s lawyer, Stacy Shaw told CNN that the demonstrators plan to stay at City Hall until they are removed or their requests are met.

    Kansas City police spokesperson Capt. David Jackson told CNN that the chief “will not be resigning,” and the department does not plan on naming the officers involved, none of whom are facing administrative or disciplinary action as of Thursday.

    Jackson did acknowledge that "if more information becomes available, that decision can be evaluated."

    The arrest that sparked the protests occurred on Sept. 30 after the Kansas City Police Department was called to respond to a gathering at a gas station and convenience store at 10:49 p.m., according to the police statement obtained by CNN.

    Security footage shows about a dozen people gathered on the property, which witness Chanel Le’Yoshe said was for a balloon release for a victim of violence. The owner of the gas station and convenience store allegedly told officers that "he wanted everyone off the property who wasn't buying anything," according to the statement.

    Police said a man interfered with the officers’ investigation and refused to leave, leading officers to attempt to arrest him. The rest of the people stopped the arrest, and the man allegedly ran away but tripped as officers approached him.

    "At that time, a woman (seen in the video) and man tried to pull the suspect away from officers," the statement said, according to CNN.

    Shaw disagrees with the police’s narrative that her client, 25-year-old Deja Stallings who is nine months pregnant, tried to get the man away from police.

    The security footage shows Stallings step between an officer and the man, but the officer runs past her. Police said an officer attempted to arrest Stallings who "continued to physically resist arrest at which point he placed her on the ground to effect the arrest."

    Her arrest for interfering with an arrest takes place outside of the camera view.

    Le’Yoshe’s video starts with Stallings on the ground with an officer kneeling on her lower back before officers roll her over and attempt to sit her up, according to CNN. The police statement said the officer who knelt on her “took care not to apply pressure with his legs.”

    Shaw told CNN that Stallings has “nerve issues with her back” and a bruise due to the incident. She went to the hospital twice, and the baby seems to be uninjured, she said.

    Seventy-five to 100 demonstrators have gathered every day, the lawyer said, with a maximum of 100 people allowed at one time. All who enter the area have to go through COVID-19 health checks and wear a mask

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    MADISON, Wis. – The mother and sisters of a Black teen who was killed by a suburban Milwaukee police officer have been arrested by police who were cracking down on protesters out after a curfew following a decision not to charge the officer.

    Alvin Cole's mother, Tracy Cole, and his sisters, Taleavia and Tristiana Cole, were arrested about 8:30 p.m. Thursday along with several others in a church parking lot in Wauwatosa, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported, citing multiple witnesses.

    Cole family attorney Kimberley Motley tweeted that Tracy Cole was arrested “for peacefully protesting” and “ended up in the hospital.” Motley said Tracy Cole, 48, was taken to Froedtert Hospital with an injury to her arm and forehead. One daughter, Tristiana Cole, was taken there as well.

    Motley later tweeted that both were released from the hospital. Details on why Tristiana Cole was taken to the hospital weren't immediately known.

    A Facebook livestream that captured only audio of Tracy Cole was made by a third daughter. On a recording of it, Tracy Cole could be heard screaming in pain as she was being arrested, saying police injured her arm, hit her in the head and used a stun gun on her.

    “I’m Mrs. Cole, Alvin’s mother,” Tracy Cole screamed repeatedly as officers pulled her out of her car.

    “I can’t believe y’all did this to me. Y’all killed my son,” she screamed at the officers.

    “I can’t breathe,” she said, multiple times. “I can’t breathe.”

    Tracy Cole said her head was bleeding and she believed her arm was broken, according to the livestream.

    Wauwatosa police tweeted Thursday night that “several” people were arrested, and said one woman requested medical attention and was taken to a hospital.

    The city was under a 7 p.m. curfew during a second night of protests after Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm decided not to charge Wauwatosa Officer Joseph Mensah, who is also Black, with the shooting death of Cole, 17, in February outside Mayfair Mall.

    According to investigators’ reports, Cole had a gun and fired it. Chisholm said it appeared he shot himself in the arm. Officers said Cole refused commands to drop the weapon, prompting Mensah to fire.

    Motley has said she plans to file a federal lawsuit against Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah.

    The death of Alvin Cole was the third fatal shooting by Mensah in the last five years. Mensah shot and killed Antonio Gonzales in 2015 after police said Gonzales refused to drop a sword. A year later Mensah shot Jay Anderson Jr. In that case, Mensah found Anderson in a car parked in a park after hours.

    Mensah said he saw a gun on the passenger seat and thought Anderson was reaching for it, so he shot him. Mensah wasn’t charged in either shooting.

    Cole's death sparked protests all summer in Wauwatosa, a city of 48,000 just west of Milwaukee. The demonstrations played out against a backdrop of protests nationwide over the death in May of George Floyd, a Black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee on his neck for nearly eight minutes.

    The Wauwatosa Police and Fire Commission suspended Mensah in July and asked former U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic to determine whether Mensah should be disciplined. Biskupic recommended that the commission terminate Mensah, calling the risk of a fourth shooting too great. Biskupic also faulted Mensah for speaking publicly about the shooting.

    Hours after Biskupic released his report, Chisholm announced he wouldn’t charge Mensah. The prosecutor said Mensah would be able to successfully argue he acted in self-defense.

    Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber tweeted after Chisholm made his announcement that his department “concurs" with the decision not to charge Mensah but “hears the message” from the public. He said an internal review of the shooting is ongoing and that Mensah remains suspended. The department has taken steps to improve policing, including more training, posting policies online and requiring body cameras by January, he said.

    The police commission is scheduled to meet later this month but their position on Biskupic’s recommendation to fire Mensah isn’t clear.


    A quote from Tracy Cole has been corrected to read “I’m Mrs. Cole, Alvin’s mother” instead of “I’m Alvin Cole’s mother" in an earlier version of the story.

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    FRANKLIN, TN (WSMV) - The Franklin Police Department is investigating the assault of a musician inside a Cool Springs bar over the weekend.

    Police told News4 they were called to Vanderbilt Medical Center's Emergency Room at 3 a.m. on Sunday where Lorenzo Molina was being treated for injuries sustained during an assault inside Tony's Eat & Drink.

    Witnesses to the scene said Molina and one other person were assaulted for speaking Spanish while waiting in line for the bathroom.

    Police said Molina suffered serious, but not believed to be life-threatening injuries.

    Molina is a trumpet player for The Mavericks, an eclectic rock and country group.

    A representative with The Mavericks released the following statement after the incident:

    It saddens us to no end to learn of the assault on our band mate, Lorenzo Molina and his friend & fellow musician Orlando Morales, reportedly for speaking Spanish amongst themselves in a public establishment. For this assault to occur as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with our own performance (featuring Lorenzo) tonight on the Hispanic Heritage Awards, shows that although we’ve come a long way, we still have a long way to go. America is better than this.

    Franklin Police are investigating the aggravated assault. Police said were not summoned to Tony’s for this disturbance" on Sunday morning and only learned about the incident when officers were called to the hospital.

    "No one has been charged, but this case clearly has our attention and we are committed to holding anyone who perpetrates a violent assault like this accountable," Franklin Police Department said in a statement on Tuesday.

    Earlier Tuesday, Tony's Eat & Drink, where the incident happened, released a statement on their Facebook page:

    In regards to the unfortunate event that occurred at our establishment over the weekend, we are doing everything we can to cooperate with the police in the investigation of this matter. We would like to send our deepest condolences to the individuals affected by the altercation that occurred. We want to be clear that we do not support racism or condone hate crimes at our establishment and are taking this matter seriously. We do not nor have we ever allowed for violence to perpetuate for any reason and in this specific instance, our security staff acted quickly and reasonably to bring the altercation to an end. Our patrons safety is extremely important to us and we work very hard to maintain a safe environment for everyone. We are an establishment that is open to the public and cannot know what may or may not be in a person’s heart and mind, but we do not condone bad actions. Please understand that we needed to wait to comment until we spoke with the police today on this matter.

    Police released photos of two men on Tuesday who they are looking to identify and asked anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000 or clicking here.

    A GoFundMe account has been set up to assist the victims during this time.

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    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The cities of Portland and Oakland have sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department, alleging that the agencies are overstepping constitutional limits in their use of federal law enforcement officers to tamp down on protests.

    The lawsuit, filed late Wednesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, cites the deployment of U.S. agents this summer to quell protests in Portland and alleges the U.S. Marshals Service unlawfully deputized dozens of local Portland police officers as federal agents despite objections from city officials. The federal deputations have meant protesters arrested by local police could face federal charges, which generally carry stiffer penalties.

    Read the full lawsuit at the bottom of this article

    The use of federal agents in these ways is a major shift in policy and threatens the independence of local law enforcement, according to the lawsuit. The complaint cites the anti-commandeering doctrine of the Tenth Amendment, which says that the federal government cannot require states or state officials to adopt or enforce federal law.

    Portland, feds in ‘tug-of-war’ over deputized officers
    The Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday. In the past, acting DHS secretary Chad Wolf has been a vocal defender of the administration’s response to the civil unrest in Portland

    The Trump administration says the work of the federal agents is limited to federal property but “the activities in cities such as Portland instead reveal a distinct and meaningful policy shift to use federal enforcement to unilaterally step in and replace local law enforcement departments that do not subscribe to the President’s view of domestic ‘law and order.’”

    The allegations of constitutional overreach focus on the federal government’s actions in Portland but Oakland joined the lawsuit because of concerns that the Trump administration might send U.S. agents to Oakland or deputize police officers there as well, court papers show.

    DHS chief slams Wheeler: ‘He has legitimized criminal behavior’
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    Protests over racial injustice and police brutality have roiled both U.S. West cities since the death of George Floyd and drawn attacks from President Donald Trump, who threatened to send federal resources to restore law and order.

    In Portland, the Trump administration sent dozens of U.S. agents to the city in July to guard a federal courthouse that had become a target of protesters, but those agents clashed with protesters blocks from the courthouse on several occasions. The state of Oregon sued over allegations that federal agents swept up protesters in unmarked cars without identifying themselves.

    U.S. Attorney for Oregon Billy J. Williams said in late September that more than 80 people had been charged with federal crimes related to the protests.

    Last month, Portland agreed to have about five dozen of its police officers deputized as federal agents by the Marshals Service in advance of a rally planned in the city by the right-wing group Proud Boys. The city anticipated potential clashes between left- and right-wing protesters. Troopers from the Oregon State Police and a local sheriff’s department were also deputized.

    Feds to Portland: We’re not paying courthouse fence fines
    City leaders have since said that they believed the police officers would only be federally deputized for that weekend and sought to cancel the agreement after the rally was over. But the U.S. Attorney for Oregon and the Marshals Service have refused to cancel the deputization, which officially expires on Dec. 31.

    The lawsuit also alleges that the U.S. government has illegally erected a fence around the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse, which is federal property, against the city’s wishes. The fence blocks a major bike thoroughfare that is city property, according to Portland officials.

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    EL SOBRANTE — The Archie Bunker of Bay Area sewers is back.

    Six years after voters kicked him out of office over racist remarks he made to this news organization, Leonard Battaglia wants to return to the Richmond-area wastewater board he sat on for 39 years. At 91, he may be the oldest candidate in the state on the Nov. 3 ballot.

    A longtime El Sobrante resident and business owner, Battaglia represented the sewer district in obscurity until 2013, when he used a racial slur to describe Asian people and said his experience as an Air Force fighter pilot in the Korean War led him to believe that Black people “think slower.”

    “I flew with Black pilots. I’d say ‘break’ (suddenly turn right or left) and they’d hesitate. They’d miss it because they think slower. They have an African-American mentality. They can’t help it. It’s the way God made them,” he said. “Like in Richmond. It’s a mess.”

    Those comments — printed in a front-page story that detailed his pay and benefits as a sewer district member, which made him one of the highest-paid part-time elected officials in the region — created a firestorm. Residents of Richmond, one of the Bay Area’s most diverse cities, demanded he step down, comparing him to the “All In The Family” patriarch known for his racist rants. Local officials called for his resignation and passed a resolution demanding Battaglia to “rethink” the statements.

    His own sewer board, powerless to remove him from office, unanimously voted to censure him.

    Battaglia conceded at the time that his comments were “out of line and insensitive” and “showed a serious lack of judgment” but refused to resign. Voters cast him out at the ballot box in 2014 and elected Black candidates to fill two of the West Contra Costa Wastewater District’s three open seats.

    In an interview this week, Battaglia — who faces incumbent Harry Wiener in the newly-created District 4 — defended his 2013 remarks, and also insisted he is not “prejudiced.”

    “I have nothing to do about being prejudiced,” he said. “I don’t believe that crap. I was born and raised in Reno and we didn’t have any minorities in my town. All we had was the Indians.”

    His attempted comeback coincides with the sewer district’s shift from at large to district elections, to comply with the California Voting Rights Act. The move — part of a statewide push to add racial diversity to local elected bodies — could paradoxically work to Battaglia’s advantage, putting his well-known name in front of a narrower group of voters than those who ousted him six years ago.

    In that race, which was decided by residents throughout the district serving Richmond, San Pablo and parts of unincorporated West Contra Costa, Battaglia finished sixth out of eight candidates. This year, with the sewer district divided into five sections, he is only running in East Richmond Heights and El Sobrante — Battaglia’s home turf.

    Contra Costa Supervisor John Gioia, who represents West Contra Costa, said Battaglia’s “racist comments do not represent our community’s values.”

    “That’s why voters rejected him in 2014,” Gioia said. “I’m confident voters will again reject those beliefs in this election.”

    In District 4, Battaglia is something of a household name, where for years he ran Rancho Sports Bar, as well as a travel agency and other businesses in El Sobrante. His name has appeared on local ballots since the 1970s — which helps explain why, for better or worse, he is running mostly on name recognition in his 2020 bid, and has pledged to lower rates, which have reached $598 for single-family residents.

    “I’m not campaigning that much. Everybody knows me,” he said. “I know the district by heart. I hope I can beat him by using my record of qualifications.”

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    By contrast, Wiener, his opponent, moved to District 4 about five years ago, just before he won his first term in the sewer district board in 2016. “I’m running in Mr. Battalgia’s home town and I’m a resident that has come from elsewhere,” Wiener, 72, said. “That’s my concern about this race.”

    Wiener expressed frustration that the California Voting Rights Act, which was intended to ensure communities of color are better represented in local elections, could have the unintended consequence of reseating Battaglia, who he called “a man of the past.”

    “He has completely old ideas regarding people,” Wiener said in an interview. “He should not be heading a community organization. The sewer district is critical to having a community, and benefits the community in so many ways, to have somebody whose view of people is so terrible is counter to what is going on in the world today.”

    Wiener is running on a progressive platform to continue the agency’s goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the district treatment plant and surrounding neighborhoods from sea-level rise. He defended the district’s current rates — saying the district is using the money to replace outdated pipelines and upgrade infrastructure. “Rates were raised prior to the board that I sit on, but with good reason,” he said.
    Battaglia — who in 2012 earned $50,332 in compensation for attending 85 hours of meetings, or about $592 an hour — says he also wants to slash salaries and benefits, and lower rates. Spending, he said, has gotten out of control.

    “It makes me sick to my stomach,” he said.

    But at 91 years old, he said he doesn’t have time to worry about election results: “If I get it, if I don’t, I’m

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    . SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? Fed up with white people calling 911 about people of color selling water bottles, barbecuing or otherwise going about their lives, San Francisco leaders unanimously approved hate crime legislation giving the targets of those calls the ability to sue the caller.

    The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday on the Caution Against Racial and Exploitative Non-Emergencies Act, also known as the CAREN legislation. It?s a nod to a popular meme using the name ?Karen? to describe an entitled white woman whose actions stem from her privilege, such as using police to target people of color.

    All 11 supervisors signed on to the legislation, guaranteeing its passage, despite criticism that the name is sexist and divisive. It comes amid a national reckoning on race sparked by the police killings of Black Americans and instances where white people called for officers to investigate people of color.

    ?We don?t want what happened to Emmett Till in 1955, or the long history of false accusations of black men and boys in this country, due to weaponizing law enforcement, to threaten, terrorize, and sometimes even kill them, to ever happen again,? said Supervisor Shamann Walton, who introduced the legislation and is Black.

    ?I really want to emphasize that 911 is not a customer service line for someone?s racist behavior,? he said.

    Walton was the only supervisor to speak. Till was a Black teenager beaten to death in 1955 after accusations by a white woman who later admitted to lying.

    In May, Amy Cooper, a white woman, called 911 from Manhattan?s Central Park, falsely claiming that a Black man ? who had politely asked her to leash her dog ? was threatening her. She has been charged with filing a false police report.

    In San Francisco, a white couple was criticized on social media after video was widely shared of them questioning a Filipino American stenciling ?Black Lives Matter? on a retaining wall in front of his home in June. They later called police.

    James Juanillo said he chose yellow chalk to match the color of the house. When the couple approached him, they repeatedly demanded to know if it was his home because he was defacing private property.

    They tried to cast it as a criminal scene,? he said. ?It was me calmly applying chalk, not spray paint, not in the middle of the night but very deliberately. The only thing that was missing was a pinot grigio.?

    Supporters of the legislation say it is crushing to be confronted by police because someone saw you as a threat, possibly as a criminal or as not belonging. It?s especially terrifying for Black people, whose encounters with police could end in violence.

    ?This is not hyperbole,? said Brittni Chicuata, chief of staff for San Francisco?s Human Rights Commission. ?This is an established pattern reflected in the disparate treatment of Black people and other people of color in our city and in our country.?

    Other places have moved to make placing racist 911 calls a hate crime. California?s governor recently signed a measure making the crime a misdemeanor punishable by jail time and a fine. New York approved legislation allowing the victims of racist 911 calls to sue.

    The San Francisco legislation gives people the right to sue a 911 caller in civil court, and supporters hope it will make some think twice before turning to police. The discrimination need not be only racial; it can also be due to the person?s sex, age, religion, disability, gender identity, weight or height.

    The legislation does not spell out the standards needed to sue. But it notes that qualifying calls are those that caused the person to feel harassed or embarrassed; damaged the person?s reputation or business prospects; or forced the person from an area where they had a lawful right to be.

    The board has received written complaints from eight people ? several whose names have different spellings of Karen ? saying they support the legislation but object to its moniker, which they call sexist and ageist.

    Vic Vicari wrote that the insensitive use of the name ?as a general purpose term of disapproval for middle age white women needs to stop.? Carynn Silva said she loves the name her mom gave her and called it a racist term against white women. Caren Batides asked if the supervisor would want his name mocked.

    ?Yes, I am named Karen, and I do speak up for injustices on a regular occasion,? Karen Shane wrote. ?So could we attempt at coming up with some other acronym that doesn?t vilify a whole group of people named Karen/Caryn/Caren??

    Reached by phone, Shane, who lives in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb and describes herself as a middle-aged white woman, readily pokes fun at her first name and said she?s aware that even complaining about it is something that a ?Karen? would do. But she feels the supervisor didn?t need to cheapen what she agrees is important legislation.

    ?By using the name CAREN, he?s just perpetuating a racial divide,? she said. ?Granted it?s not a protected class, but it?s somebody?s name.?

    Walton has dismissed the concerns, saying the legislation does not refer to any individual.

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    A Black federal officer laid out the harsh experiences of being a Black woman in uniform despite calls for solidarity between cops with slogans like “blue lives matter.”

    “For those that says ‘all lives matter’ when you say ‘Black lives matter’ or that says ‘blue lives matter’ to combat when you say ‘Black lives matter,’ you’re racist,” the Black officer said in a video she recorded that’s gone viral. “Because I’m a Black lives matter before blue lives matter and today was unacceptable. Today is the behavior that law enforcement officers should not exhibit.”

    Attorney Benjamin Crump shared the video where the Black officer, described as Officer Jackson based on her name tag, discussed being stopped on the highway when traveling to Huntsville, Alabama in uniform. Jackson said that she wasn’t speeding but she knew she was going to get stopped “because I’m used to getting stopped because of my vehicle and because I’m Black.” She added that she’s been in law enforcement for 15 years.

    Jackson went on to say that the cop said he stopped her because she was “following too close” and because she was on her phone. “I said I wasn’t on my phone, I was listening to my gospel music,” Jackson said in her video.

    Jackson said that the officer that stopped her then proceeded to ask for her registration and proof of insurance, which she says she provided. However, she said the experience continued to be unpleasant because the officer was trying to “provoke” her and he accused her of having an attitude.

    Jackson then showed the tickets she received in the video for texting and driving and for “following too close.” She argued that the texting and driving claim wasn’t true because she was listening to the gospel, “John P. Kee station to be specific.” She also said the “following too close” ticket was a slight from the officer who stopped her because “according to the law, it’s every ten miles per hour there should be 20 feet” and “technically we all follow too close”.
    “So we know if you get that ticket or you are given that ticket that’s that cop being a butt hole,” Jackson added. She then said that the cop who stopped her tried to insinuate that she didn’t know state law as a federal officer, despite Jackson saying she enforced state law for nine years as a deputy sheriff.

    Jackson said the whole incident left her upset and in tears. “I’m angry because as a Black female, I have had so many bad run-ins with the police even as a police. So when I hear Black males talk about experiences, when I hear those, I don’t discredit them. I know that they are facts. I know what they’re saying is the truth. To be honest with you all. The way that this traffic stopped happened and was conducted today, had I been in civilian clothes, it would have went different.”

    “And that’s why we have these shootings because what happens is when you question the police and they don’t like that, they get angry,” Jackson added.

    Her full account of the incident, posted by Crump, can be viewed below.

    On Jackson’s Facebook page, she posted a follow-up video, saying she was still “traumatized” by the incident and she’s going to file a formal complaint. She also said that she was asked to take her original video down. Despite the aftermath of the video she said, “I am not worried” citing her faith as something that’s keeping her grounded. To put it simply, she described the whole incident as “good trouble.”

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    SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Organization has resigned after a “blatantly racist” image was posted to the organization’s website.

    CEO Matthew Mahood resigned shortly after he had been placed on administrative leave, and after some SVO members resigned themselves.

    The image posted to the SVO website showed Black people, some holding sticks, with a big cloud of smoke on the street. Text above the image said “Do you really want to sign on to this?”

    SVO said in a statement that the image was “blatantly racist, completely inappropriate and unacceptable.”

    They went on to say:

    We are horrified by this image as it does not represent
    the values of the organization, the leadership, the Board of Directors or our members. For
    that, we apologize. There is no excuse. The Board of Directors is moving quickly and
    effectively to understand how this could have occurred, and to ensure it never happens
    again. We understand that swift, effective action is required so that the other positive
    work and community support of the SVO is not impacted.

    In announcing his resignation, Mahood said he is “very sorry for the completely unacceptable image that was put up on our website earlier this week.” He also said he had no knowledge of the image’s posting on the website, but that he is ultimately responsible for the team member who made the “horrible mistake.”

    A third-party investigator is working to determine how the image was posted, SVO said. The SVO political action committee’s activities are suspended.

    Valley Water in Santa Clara has had an SVO membership for 44 years and its CEO, Rick Callender, was on the SVO Board of Directors. He is one of the associates that cut ties with SVO after seeing the image and gave a statement on Wednesday:

    “As an African American CEO, I am disgusted, hurt and deeply offended by The Silicon Valley
    Organization’s (SVO) racist attempt in a political campaign to use a civil rights era picture of African
    American men to stir up racial fear and hatred.

    Using these images to suggest there should be something to fear or distrust or other stereotypical issues associated with African American men should not be allowed in political campaigns, in the community, or from those who purport to represent us as industry associations.

    This is not about the election cycle; this is about trying to incite people to be fearful of me, an African
    American man, in my own community, which I live and work. This racist act is unacceptable.“

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    A federal judge in Chicago struck down a key immigration rule Monday that would deny green cards to immigrants who use food stamps or other public benefits, a blow to the Trump administration on the eve of the election.

    In a decision that applies nationwide, U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman rejected the rule that had taken effect recently after the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a hold on the policy following lawsuits. Among other things, Feinerman said the rule violates the Administrative Procedure Act, which makes federal agencies accountable to the public by outlining a detailed process for enacting regulations.

    The decision marked the latest turn in a complex legal battle over the rule that has been among President Donald Trump’s most aggressive steps in overhauling the nation’s immigration system. The Chicago lawsuit, filed by the Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights and Cook County, was among numerous legal challenges.

    Under the Trump administration policy, immigration officials could deny permanent residency to legal immigrants over their use of food stamps, Medicaid, housing vouchers or other public benefits. Green card applicants had to show they wouldn’t be burdens to the country or “public charges.”

    Federal law already required those seeking permanent residency or legal status to prove they wouldn’t be a “public charge.” But the Trump administration rule included a wider range of programs that could disqualify them.

    Immigrant rights advocates deemed it a “wealth test,” while public health experts said it would mean poorer health outcomes and rising costs as low-income migrants chose between needed services and their bid to stay in the country legally. Several cities said such a chilling effect was already evident.

    Fred Tsao, senior policy counsel for ICIRR, called the rule an “attack” on legal immigration and criticized the way the Trump administration has instituted policies.

    “We may or may not get a new administration,” he said. “If we do, we’d like to see a lot of this damage undone and hopefully some legislative changes that will actually benefit immigrants instead of scaring them away.”

    Officials in Cook County, which runs one of the nation’s largest public health systems, argued that when people lack health care coverage, they’re less likely to seek preventative care and rely on more expensive emergency care. That also would increase the risk of communicable diseases.

    “As we all continue to be impacted by COVID-19, it is vital that no one is fearful of accessing health care. The court’s decision to block enforcement of the Public Charge Rule re-opens doors for immigrants to access vital services like health care,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said in a statement.

    The U.S. Supreme Court decided in a 5-4 vote in January that the rule could take effect, but enforcement was halted by a federal judge in New York because of the coronavirus pandemic. But by September, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had reversed that hold and the rule took effect nationwide.

    The Trump administration has touted the rule as a way to ensure only those who are self-sufficient come to the U.S., one of many steps to try to move the country toward a system that focuses on immigrants’ skills instead of emphasizing the reunification of families.

    Officials with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services didn’t return messages seeking comment Monday.

    If there’s an appeal, there could be another legal wrinkle in the case.

    In June, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Feinerman’s decision blocking enforcement of the rule in Illinois while the merits of the case could be decided. It was a 2-1 decision, with then-Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett dissenting. Barrett was confirmed as a Supreme Court justice last month and would have to recuse herself if the case reached the nation’s highest court.

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    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal appeals court has allowed a Trump administration rule that would deny green cards to immigrants who use public benefits like food stamps to go back into effect while it considers the case.

    The Election Day development was the latest dizzying twist in a legal battle over the controversial rule that the Trump administration argues helps ensure those who are self-sufficient come to the country.

    On Monday, U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman in Chicago struck down the rule and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services stopped applying it to pending applications. Government attorneys appealed, and the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals put a hold on the ruling the next day, allowing the restrictions to take effect again.

    USCIS spokesman Matthew Bourke said Wednesday that the agency would immediately restart applying the rule to pending cases, but not “re-adjudicate any applications or petitions that were approved” in light of Monday’s decision.

    Under the Trump administration rule, officials can deny permanent residency to legal immigrants over their use of food stamps, Medicaid or other public benefits. Green card applicants must show they wouldn’t be burdens to the country, or “public charges.”

    Judges block green card denials for immigrants on public aid
    Immigrant rights advocates deemed it a “wealth test,” while health experts warned of poorer health outcomes and rising costs as low-income migrants chose between necessary services and trying to stay in the country legally.

    The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and Cook County filed the lawsuit in Chicago and planned to submit arguments to the appeals court this month.

    “It’s no surprise that Trump’s team is attempting to remove barriers that wouldn’t allow enforcement of his unlawful public charge definition, even after the courts clapped back at him earlier this week,” Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, whose office argued the case, said in a statement Wednesday. “I have confidence that the law will prevail here and immigrants across America will be treated fairly as human beings while this gets sorted in the appeal process.”

    Democrat Joe Biden has promised to end the policy if he’s elected president.

    The rule has already been heavily litigated.

    In January, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a hold on the policy after lawsuits. However, enforcement was halted by a federal judge in New York because of the coronavirus pandemic. By September, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had reversed that hold and the rule took effect nationwide.


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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Protesters rallied at the capital Wednesday night calling for mental health reforms, police training and accountability, and taking funds from police and giving them to schools.

    While the presidential race still being hotly contested, activists in Sacramento took to the streets to “Protest No Matter What.” That was the name of their rally Wednesday night.

    Members of Sacramento Anti Police Terror Project and the Sunrise Movement, who have held numerous protests against police brutality and are calling to defund the police, say the issues they’re fighting for didn’t start four years ago.

    And so they’re organizing to call for changes, no matter who is the next President of the United States.

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