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‘Stealthing’ Could Become a Form of Felony Sexual Battery in California

Cristina Garcia

California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (Rich Pedroncelli/AP Images)

In May, Calif., Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) introduced a bill that would define ‘stealthing’ as a form of sexual assault, and on Tuesday, the state Senate Public Safety Committee advanced the bill, while acknowledging it was unclear whether or how such a law would be enforced.

Read “‘Stealthing’ One Step Closer to Being a Form of Sexual Assault in Calif.

California Bill Proposes Making Release of Police Body Camera Footage Mandatory

Police Body Camera

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A California lawmaker has proposed a bill that would create greater transparency by requiring law enforcement agencies to release body camera video and recordings of police shootings and other significant incidents, something that has been at the center of a longstanding national debate.

Read “California Bill Seeks to Make Releasing Body Camera Mandatory For Police Shootings

Date Set For Bill Cosby Retrial in Andrea Constand Sexual Assault Case

Bill Cosby

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Bill Cosby’s legal troubles stemming from the multiple allegations of sexual assault against him are far from over. On the heels of the announcement last week that he would go on trial in California in June 2018, his Philadelphia trial will get a do over in November.

Read “Bill Cosby Will Be Retried in November For Sexual Assault Against Andrea Constand 

Minnesota’s Governor Wants to Name Police Training Fund After Philando Castile

Philando Castile

Philando Castile (Facebook)

Does this seem like the right thing to do?

Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of Philando Castile’s shooting death at the hands of St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez, and Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton marked the occasion by recommending the state’s Police Officer Standards and Training Board be named after Castile.

Read “Minn., Governor Wants to Name Police Training Fund After Philando Castile

New Black Panther Party Clashes With Baton Rouge Police at Alton Sterling Demonstration

New Black Panther Party

New Black Panther clashes with Baton Rouge police Party (The Advocate video screenshot)

A New Black Panther Party demonstration Wednesday to mark the one-year anniversary of the police shooting that left Alton Sterling dead turned into a confrontation with police and ended with seven people arrested after demonstrators attempted to march through a barricade line at Baton Rouge police headquarters.

Read “New Black Panther Party Protest on Anniversary of Alton Sterling Shooting Leads to Confrontation With Police

Criminal Charges Dropped Against Officer Who Arrested Sandra Bland

Sandra Bland

Sandra Bland/Twitter

Former Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia, who arrested motorist Sandra Bland two years ago, was the only officer to face criminal charges in connection with her mysterious death in a Texas jail, but as of Wednesday, the criminal charges against him have been dropped.

Read “Charges Dropped Against Only Officer to Face Criminal Charges Related to Sandra Bland’s Death

Stabbing at Flint Airport Being Investigated as an Act of Terrorism

Montreal Police guard the front of the four storey building in Montreal on June 21, 2017, where Amor Ftouhi, who is suspected of stabbing a Michigan airport police officer, lived before traveling to the US earlier this month.
 (Photo by Julien Besset/AFP/Getty Images)

A police officer was stabbed Wednesday at the Flint, Mich., international airport, and the FBI says it is investigating the incident as a possible act of terrorism because of statements the suspect reportedly made before attacking the officer.

Read “FBI Investigating Stabbing of Police Officer at Flint Airport as a Possible Act of Terrorism

Judges Rule Brendan Dassey’s Confession Was ‘Improperly Obtained’

Brendan Dassey

Brendan Dassey appears in court Monday, April 16, 2007 (AP Photo/Dan Powers, Pool)

If you watched the Netflix docuseries “Making a Murderer,” you probably agree that the confession a teenage Brendan Dassey gave was coerced by police officers who took advantage of a mentally challenged boy who did not have a parent or lawyer present to help him. On Thursday, a three-judge federal appeals panel ruled that the confession was improperly obtained, and the state of Wisconsin must either retry Dassey or release him from prison.

Read “Judges Rule ‘Making a Murderer’ Confession Was Improperly Obtained

Warner Bros Developing a Film Based on Mike Brown’s Shooting

Mike Brown

Mike Brown via Twitter

Michael Brown was just 18 years old when he was gunned down in Ferguson, Mo., by white police officer Darren Wilson in August 2014. His death became a focal point in the Movement for Black lives, and now Hollywood studio Warner Bros. has a project in development to tell his story on the big screen.

Read “Mike Brown Movie Based On His Mother’s Memoir in the Works At Warner Bros

‘Father’s Day Bail Out’ Will Reunite Incarcerated Black Fathers With Their Families

Prison cell bars

Typical Prison Cell Bars (iStock)

Color of Change and the Movement for Black Lives are joining local grassroots organizers to reunite incarcerated Black fathers with their families and highlight the inhumanity inherent in the cash bail system by bailing out Black fathers who would otherwise spend their Father’s Day in jail because they cannot afford bail.

Read “Color of Change, Movement for Black Lives Join National Father’s Bail Out Day

Law Enforcement Agencies in Texas Must Report Shootings or Face Fines

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Starting in September, any Texas law enforcement agency that does not report a police shooting to the state attorney general within the allowed 30-day period could be fined $1,000 per day, and if they commit that same infraction twice within a five year period, that penalty goes up to $10,000 followed by $1,000 per day until the report is filed.

Read “Texas Governor Signs Bill Enforcing the Reporting of Police Shootings Into Law

Accomplices in Shooting at #JamarClark Protest Plead Guilty

Nathan Gustavvson and Joseph Backman

Nathan Wayne Gustavvson (L) and Joseph Martin Backman (R) (Minneapolis Police Department)

Two of the men who were with convicted shooter Allen “Lance” Scarsella on Nov. 23, 2015 when he shot five Black Lives Matter activists at the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct during a protest decrying the death of Jamar Clark pleaded guilty Monday, and prosecutors say they will seek jail time for both.

Read “2 Accomplices Plead Guilty in Shooting of BLM Activists at Jamar Clark Protest

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