Here’s how we did it: Reporters Shelly Bradbury, Saja Hindi, Kirk Mitchell, Kieran Nicholson, Elise Schmelzer and, Sam Tabachnik kept two spreadsheets throughout 2019 where they listed each instance of police violence as it happened. One spreadsheet tracked the agency involved and the outcome of the situation and then pinned the information on a map. The map was embedded in every story about a police shooting. The second spreadsheet was more detailed, including information such as race and ethnicity of those involved, whether or not the victim was armed and the types of police calls that preceded shootings. That database was maintained by reading district attorneys’ decision letters and law enforcement reports and by watching body camera footage when it was available. Reporters also interviewed families of people who were shot, attorneys who represented those families, police chiefs, police officers, district attorneys and experts on police use-of-force. … [Read more...] about We tracked every police shooting in Colorado last year. Here’s what we learned.
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“If [they] have a gross act that’s unlawful, that’s a clear violation of policy, the chief absolutely has discretion to make a firing decision on the spot,” said Paul Taylor, a former police officer and assistant professor at University of Colorado Denver. … [Read more...] about Colorado police chief fires officer citing ‘severe misconduct’: report
“God knew they couldn't be on this Earth without each other,” said Vanessa Bryant, who had been with Kobe since 1999. “He had to bring them home to have them together. Babe, you take care of our Gigi. And I got Nati, Bibi and Coco. We're still the best team.” … [Read more...] about Public memorial service remembers the private Kobe Bryant
“This is not just for the general public and politicians, it’s also for the drug-user community to come and look and give feedback,” said Lydia Bransten, manager of St. Anthony’s Dining Room, a charitable meal service, and co-chair of Safer Inside, which promotes and provides education on safe-injection sites. “It doesn’t work unless the drug users want to use it.” … [Read more...] about SF Mayor London Breed plans to show people what safe injection sites look like
The suit was filed in December on behalf of elementary school students and their families in two districts in Los Angeles and Stockton and a charter school in Los Angeles County. Lawyers said the lead plaintiff was a 7-year-old second-grader who couldn’t spell words like “need” and “help,” and that some Stockton students “start crying when asked to read aloud in class.” … [Read more...] about Judge allows suit accusing California of providing inadequate education to kids