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Yesterday was the deadline for the California legislature to vote on many bills — some of which addressed police reform.

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If passed, Measure E would allow San Francisco to make changes to the number of full-time police officers on its force.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Since the story was originally published, San Francisco's Office of the Controller increased the estimated annual cost of creating the Inspector General's Office from $1.4-$1.8 million up to $2-$2.5 million.

Earlier this year, George Floyd’s killing while in police custody prompted greater focus on police oversight and accountability nationwide. Here in San Francisco, Measure D aims to investigate misconduct within the Sheriff’s Department. 

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California is on the road to changing policing. And recent reform bills in the works with the state legislature are paving the way, with an August 31st deadline approaching. 

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San Francisco could join Oakland and Berkeley when the city’s Supervisors vote on millions in proposed cuts to the San Francisco Police Department.

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The movement to defund police has forced Bay Area officials to take a hard look at their budgets in recent weeks. But radically transforming policing won’t happen overnight. In Oakland, reducing the police budget by 50% will take at least one task force. 

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Several changes are being made to create more transparency in police duties, according to Berkeleyside.

The new rules emphasize the preservation of life as the guiding principle. For the first time in its history, the Berkeley police department will be required to produce an annual use-of-force report that the public can review.

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Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s house was vandalized by a group of individuals around 2 a.m. on Tuesday morning. 

Jinho’s Journey: Fighting Police Violence From the Inside

Jul 21, 2020
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Black Lives Matter might be the largest social movement in American history. Last month, an estimated 15 to 26 million people took to the streets to protest police violence, launching a national conversation about the role systemic racism plays in law enforcement.

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A month after Vallejo police shot and killed Sean Monterrosa, the department has released the body camera video of the incident.

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The Oakland City Council recently approved the city’s mid-cycle budget, which goes into effect tomorrow. Though it fell short of calls to defund the Oakland Police Department, it did move roughly 3% of OPD’s budget, $14.3 million, to alternative safety measures. 

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The Oakland City Council voted on a new budget Tuesday with minimal cuts to the Oakland Police Department budget amidst protests for defunding the OPD. 

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Leaders at BART have pledged to shift $2 million from sworn officers and fare inspectors to unarmed ambassadors. These staff would wear uniforms and patrol the trains unarmed.

On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we're speaking with FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith about The Virus: What Went Wrong, a new documentary that traces the Trump administration’s failure to prepare and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Oakland councilmembers are proposing serious changes to their police department budget.

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  In the news recently, statues have been defaced and pulled down from their perches ala Saddam Hussein.

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As protests against systemic racism and police brutality continue across the country, Bay Area cities are now considering measures to reform, defund or even dismantle their police forces.  

Civil Unrest or Redress Grievances

Jun 3, 2020

A series of protests embroil the entire country following another killing at the hands of a police officer.  Some are outraged by the loss of life, others by the destruction of property and civil unrest that followed.  

The Growing Calls To Defund Police & What That Would Look Like

Jun 3, 2020
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  On this edition of Your Call, we continue our series on the uprisings over the death of George Floyd and police brutality. According to Mapping Police Violence, from 2013 to 2019, 99 percent of killings by police did not result in officers being charged with a crime.

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A Northern California district attorney has declined to file charges against a police officer who fatally shot a 15-year-old boy in 2018. The shooting came just months after the officer and his sergeant opened fire on a 27-year-old man and killed him in 2017.

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On Christmas Eve in 1975, Vicki Hennessy worked her first shift inside a San Francisco jail. Decades later, she went on to be elected San Francisco’s first female sheriff.

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UPDATE: 8/7/2019: Jose Armando Escobar-Lopez has been released from immigration detention
 

Since the start of August, activists have been protesting in front of San Francisco’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters. It's one of a month-long series of protests, part of what they’re calling the Month of Momentum, shedding light on ICE raids that happen in cities across the country.

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After Stephon Clark was shot and killed by Sacramento police last year, state lawmakers proposed a bill to change the law around when officers can open fire. Activists rallied behind the bill. But when strictest stipulations of the bill were removed to win over law enforcement groups, some withdrew their support. Assembly Bill 392 has now passed the Senate Floor, and California's Governor is expected to sign it. 

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One year ago today, two police officers shot and killed an unarmed black man, Stephon Clark, in his grandmother’s backyard in Sacramento.

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A new law went into effect this year, requiring police to release certain disciplinary records. But some police unions are fighting to keep records hidden.

 

22-year-old Oscar Grant was killed by a BART police officer ten years ago this month. His death led to calls for reform of BART’s police department. Ten years later, has that reform happened? And has it worked?

Your Kids Have Rights at School II

Nov 14, 2018

  We resume our series, "Your Kids Have Rights at School." What about police investigation, speech, search and interrogation issues in the school-house setting? We go on to consider applicability of the phrase, BONG HITS 4 JESUS. Host Jeff Hayden welcomes Rick Halpern, Juvenile Court Managing Attorney, Private Defender Program of the San Mateo County Bar Association, and James Wade, Assistant San Mateo County District Attorney, who recently completed assignment as Deputy in Charge of the Juvenile Division, San Mateo County District Attorney's Office. Questions for Rick and James?

99% Invisible: The Blazer Experiment

Nov 9, 2018

In 1968, Menlo County, California hired a new Police Chief.  His name was Victor Cizanckas.  With tensions running high between the police and the community, Chief Cizanckas decided to institute a number of new reforms that would alleviate those tensions.  One of those changes was trading in the old, pseudo-military, dark blue police uniform for a less intimidating and aggressive look: slacks, a dress shirt and tie, and blazer ... 

How can we fight racial, gender biases we don't know we have?

Oct 11, 2018


  On this edition of Your Call, we talk with filmmaker Robin Hauser. In her new documentary “Bias,” Hauser explores the science around implicit bias and the people finding ways to mitigate it.

Police, Justice and Community

Aug 22, 2018

  Your Legal Rights host Jeff Hayden welcomes John L Burris and Carlos Bolanos for a discussion about inclusiveness and community.  With law offices in Oakland (johnburrislaw.com) Mr Burris, known as  is both a civil rights activist and police misconduct lawyer, is active in the community as well as in the courtroom.  San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos Bolanos has previously served as Chief of the Redwood City Police Department, after serving the cities of Palo Alto and Salinas; he is also active in the Rotary Club and in the Redwood City and San Mateo County communities. Questions for John an

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