Police in Bakersfield, California are under fire because they not only beat a suspect and allowed a dog to attack them, but they had the wrong suspect to begin with.
Body cameras have been at the center of a heated debate regarding police accountability and it doesn’t appear to be letting up anytime soon.
Darius Smith, 15, was fatally shot by an off-duty U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer in California who claims the teen was trying to rob him. The officer told authorities he fired in self-defense as Smith and two 14-year-olds – one of which was Smith’s cousin – tried to rob him at gunpoint after exiting a train, according to CBS Los Angeles.
Cinco de Mayo is second on the list of holidays people use to be racist. The top one goes for Halloween where everyone is a target at the same time. In what’s become a tragic tradition of racist practices, a bar in Orange County, Calif. came under fire after using every stereotype possible to “celebrate” Cinco de Mayo, according to The Los Angeles Times.
Both supporters and opponents of President Donald Trump confronted each other in Berkeley, California at a planned Pro-Trump Rally this past weekend. Nearly two dozen people were arrested as footage shows a number of brawls break out in the crowd.
Recently, California legislators took the first steps towards combatting HIV criminalization by introducing a bill that would downgrade the charge for failing to disclose positive status to sexual partners from a felony to a misdemeanor. The bill would also apply to penalties against non-disclosure to blood banks.
Many of the deaths at the hands of police are underscored by a common thread of mental health needs that often goes ignored by the public. The latest example of a black person being killed while suffering from an “episode” is Desmond Phillips, 25, who was shot after his father called police to their shared apartment in Chico, California.