San Francisco, CA—More than 200 public defenders and allies held a “hands up, don’t shoot” protest today on the steps of San Francisco’s criminal courthouse to show support for racial justice and stand in solidarity with protesters in New York, Ferguson and around the country.
There is a saying that if a prosecutor wants it, the grand jury would indict a ham sandwich. However, in cases involving police shootings, grand juries tend not to indict.
The Board of Supervisors appears poised to finally implement Laura’s Law in San Francisco at a meeting tentatively set for July 8. Supervisor David Campos, a long-time opponent of involuntary treatment of the mentally ill, reportedly agreed to support the move if certain amendments are added.
As has been reported, Elliot Rodger killed six students, injured 13 others, and then killed himself at the University of Santa Barbara in Isla Vista, California. And how quickly the killings moved off the front pages.
It is unfortunate that the debate about the prisoner swap – U.S. Army Sgt. Bergdahl for 5 Taliban officials – disregards or at least minimizes the fact that prior to the swap, there were 149 still imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp, of which 78 are still imprisoned after being cleared for release and 38 the U.S. has said it lacks evidence to prosecute but claims they are too dangerous to release.
The San Francisco Public Defender’s 11th annual Justice Summit focused on “things that can cause innocent people to be convicted.”
Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) was recently criminally indicted for twelve violations of the federal Pipeline Safety Act. No executives of PG&E were indicted.
The Obama administration announced January 3 executive actions intended to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is proposing a rule whereby states can submit information on such people to the National Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
A special joint meeting of the Board of Supervisors and the Police Commission was held Thursday at City Hall to address an alarming spike in pedestrian and cyclist fatalities in San Francisco.
Public officials including Supervisor London Breed, SFPD Lieutenant Bruce Delahunty and Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, gathered Monday with community members at the Korean American Center in District 5 to address public safety concerns following a recent spate of violent crimes in the area.
The history of these negotiations is merely camouflage for the systematic annexation of the West Bank by way of settlement construction hoping this will encourage Palestinian emigration. In short, a state for Palestine is but an illusion.
An alleged gang member accused of executing a rival gang member in Japantown in January has been found not guilty of all charges following a three week jury trial.
Aaron Alexis, a former Navy reservist, killed 12 people at the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard, September 16. Alexis was shot to death by police. Already there are renewed calls for gun control legislation, which will undoubtedly fall on deaf ears.
Another death in the Tenderloin. I heard over a dozen shots between what sounded like two different caliber guns. Fear struck hard. It sounding like a gunfight. A real one. Curious but frightened, I came downstairs to find a dead body on the sidewalk outside my apartment building.
The world now knows that George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch coordinator, was acquitted of shooting and killing Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012. The teen was walking inside a gated community in Sanford, Florida, where he and his father were visiting his father’s fiancée.