Cops & Courts


Thu April 19, 2012
Cannabis News Round-up

Is this the beginning of the end for medical cannabis in California?

The traditional weather prediction for March is that if it comes in like a lion, it goes out like a lamb. This year the aphorism may also apply to April for the Bay Area medical cannabis community. 

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Thu April 12, 2012
Cops & Courts

UC Davis pepper spray report reveals administration and police malfunction

UC Davis police officers dousing a line of seated Occupy protesters with pepper spray should and could have been prevented, according to a scathing 190-page report released Wednesday by a campus task force created to investigate the incident.

“Even a cursory reading of the report confirms what we have known from the start: Friday, Nov. 18 was a bad day for the UC Davis community and for the entire UC system,” UC President Mark Yudof said in a statement on the release of UC Davis pepper-spray report.

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Tue April 10, 2012
Cops & Courts

Is there such a thing as privacy in America?

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Jonathan Macintosh

Pulitzer Prize winner David Shipler has been a New York Times correspondent in Israel and Moscow. In his two most recent books, released earlier this year, he turns his attention to the erosion of civil liberties in the United States. In Rights at Risk and The Rights of the People, Shipler argues that both the War on Terror and the War on Crime have allowed the government to seep into Americans' personal lives in unconstitutional ways. Shipler discussed his new books with KALW's Criminal Justice Editor, Rina Palta.

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Mon April 9, 2012
Cops & Courts

BART police meet the Citizen Review Board

Courtesy of Thomas Hawk/Creative Commons

In a conference room at the BART police headquarters in downtown Oakland, a DVD plays a scenario. The screen shows a woman, and she’s really angry. She’s just been locked out of her house after finding out her husband is cheating on her.

“Goddamn it, this is my house, let me in bitch, are you cheating on me?” the woman yells “I hate you! Why are you doing this to me?”

Her aggression grows, quickly turning violent. She kicks one officer, and he falls to the ground. An officer in the DVD tells the woman to drop the shovel, but the woman continues to yell.

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Thu April 5, 2012
Cops & Courts

Forum marks 40 years of solitary confinement of the Angola 3

The Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal and the Hastings chapter of the National Lawyers Guild are co-hosting a public forum at the UC Hastings College of the Law on Friday examining current solitary confinement practices in light of recent hunger strikes in California prisons. 

The event is organized by the International Coalition to Free the Angola Three, a human-rights activist group working to bring justice to men from Louisiana they claim were falsely accused of murdering a prison guard in 1972. 

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