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On this edition of Your Call: Now that marijuana is legal in California, who will benefit? And how will racially biased drug laws change?

  

The United States is more segregated than it was in the 1980s. Black and Latinx students are more likely to attend so-called majority-minority schools where 60 percent or more of students live in poverty.

Incidents of police misconduct here in the Bay Area and nationwide have fueled widespread public concern. That’s what inspired filmmaker Pete Nicks to make his documentary movie “The Force,” which is out right now.

In the new documentary The Force, an Oakland police officer tells new recruits, “I don’t want bad cops. Period. I don’t need them.” In the film, director Peter Nicks follows the Oakland Police Department over two years.

Andy Bosselman

In the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, the San Francisco Police Department may be preventing injection drug users from getting clean needles. That could violate the department’s own guidelines — and have deadly consequences.

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Police reform is a polarizing issue.

Your Call: Jeff Sessions transforming the Department of Justice

Jun 1, 2017
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How is US Attorney General Jeff Sessions reshaping the Department of Justice and national policies?

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The murder rate across Bay Area cities has risen in the last two years, reflecting national trends. But, when a homicide happens in the city of Richmond, the chances that the assailant will be arrested are pretty low. In fact, the city has the second lowest clearance rates for homicides in the state of California. Why is that? And what’s being done about it?

Ben Trefny

When William Scott was sworn in to lead San Francisco’s police department in January, he became a rare chief for the city —one hired from outside the ranks.

The City of San Jose, CA's Office of the Independent Police Auditor -- A Watchdog Department, Independent of the Police Department, for the Public's Complaints of Police Misconduct, Policies, etc. (This is one of similar positions throughout the United States).In Family Law, this is used for police failure to enforce restraining &/or custody orders.

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There’s been a 45 percent increase in mental health-related calls to BART police since 2011. When officers don’t know what to do, they call Armando Sandoval.

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When you think of the tools in a police officer’s toolkit, you probably think of devices like handcuffs, pepper spray, and stun guns. But there’s another device that you probably haven’t heard of. It’s called the WRAP. 

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For years, activists have been pushing for a community-led police commission to keep tabs on the Oakland Police Department. The Department’s involvement in a recent sexual misconduct scandal has brought the need for increased oversight into sharp focus.

Prop G is about police accountability in San Francisco. Recently, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a report that said the San Francisco Police Department is biased against African-Americans and that officers lacked accountability.

On the October 21st edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the battle against ISIS in Mosul, Iraq.

Holly McDede

 


Finding a new police chief can be complicated. Just ask San Francisco.

Activists, politicians, and police union members all have opinions about who should replace former chief Greg Suhr, who resigned under pressure after activists protested several officer involved shootings.

Does Urban Shield help or harm?

Sep 7, 2016
Sandhya Dirks

Mass shootings, natural catastrophes, hostage situations — all of these will be taking place in Alameda County this weekend. But don’t worry! They're all a part of elaborate mock scenario drills for the 10th annual Urban Shield, one of the largest law enforcement training exercises in the country. 

An alternative to calling 911 in the Tenderloin

Sep 1, 2016
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Jacob Savage almost became a cop. He spent high school and college going on police ride-alongs, wearing a uniform and a bulletproof vest.

Bay Area Voices on Racial Injustice: "Breathing and black"

Aug 9, 2016
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We continue with our series of essays by Bay Area residents reflecting on race in America. 

Holly J. McDede

 

This story originally aired in December of 2015.

Earlier this month, demonstrators around the Bay Area gathered to protest against the police killings of two African American men: Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota. 

Your Call: Media coverage of race and racism

Jul 14, 2016
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On the July 15th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the widespread protests against the killing of black men by police.

Daily news roundup for Thursday, July 14, 2016

Jul 14, 2016
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San Jose police rolls out first wave of body cameras in department milestone // San Jose Mercury News

Daily News Roundup for Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Jul 12, 2016
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Oakland: Company laundered campaign donations to mayoral, council candidates // East Bay Times

Daily news roundup for Thursday, June 23, 2016

Jun 23, 2016
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House Democrats’ Gun-Control Sit-In Turns Into Chaotic Showdown With Republicans // New York Times

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Update: The headline has been changed to reflect that fact that the allegations include statutory rape and human trafficking.

Up until recently, the Oakland Police Department appeared to be moving past the racial profiling scandals and police brutality charges that plagued the department. 

Daily news roundup for Monday, June 20, 2016

Jun 20, 2016
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Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW News:

 

Oakland Mayor: Police Culture is 'Toxic,' 'Macho,' and 'Disgusting' // East Bay Express

 

“’We are hell bent on rooting out this disgusting culture,’ said a visibly angry Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf at a Friday evening press conference.

Daily news roundup for Thursday, June 2, 2016

Jun 2, 2016
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Mayor Ed Lee announces $9.6B budget focusing on safety, cleanliness and homeless // SF Examiner

"San Francisco is poised to expand homeless services, increase its police force and spruce up neighborhoods under the proposed city budget announced by Mayor Ed Lee on Tuesday.

Daily News Roundup for Thursday, May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016
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Rising reality // San Francisco Chronicle

"Fifty years ago, Bay Area residents rallied around the call to save San Francisco Bay. Public action on an unprecedented scale reversed development tides that for more than a century had covered shallow waters with land for industrial parks and housing tracts, roadways and garbage dumps.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, May 24, 2016

May 24, 2016
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Acting SF police chief meets with Bayview community leaders // SF Gate

“Acting San Francisco police Chief Toney Chaplin faced tough questioning by Bayview community leaders Monday evening where residents asked for answers in last week’s officer-involved shooting that led to former Chief Greg Suhr’s resignation.

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On the May 4th edition of Your Call we’ll discuss the Frisco Five hunger strike. 

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