Police Report

A former Fullerton, California, police sergeant charged with lying in a police report about an investigation into a DUI accident involving former Fullerton City Manager Joe Felz in 2016 was sentenced to pre-trial diversion in Orange County Superior Court. Prosecutors objected to the offer, saying law enforcement officers should be held accountable when they “abuse” their power and “engage in cover-ups.”

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Tickets and Tirades

Two octogenarian residents of the Village of Melrose Park, Illinois, and their adult son say in a federal lawsuit filed Monday that the Chicago suburb’s mayor and other officials harassed and retaliated against them with tickets, surveillance and threats because of their lawn chairs, flags, political signs and decorations. The mayor called the son a “jag off,” a “piece of shit,” and a “hillbilly,” during a recorded public meeting and also used a racial slur during the tirade.

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Mayoral Power

A state appeals court reversed an abuse of power conviction against the former mayor of Cotton Valley, Louisiana, finding there was no proof he used his position to get a neighboring town to dismiss marijauna charges against him. However, the court found the former mayor was properly convicted of abusing his office for asking for a $500 check from the town clerk.

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New Jersey Politics

John Roth, the mayor of Mahwah, New Jersey, faces a federal complaint from his predecessor, William Laforet, over a summons Laforet received for hanging an American flag from his business. Alleging political retribution, Laforet says there is no ordinance against hanging flags on property, and no other summons for flag diplays have been issued in the entire township.

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State, Local Officials Blast Federal Response to Worsening Pandemic

The word often on the lips of state and local officials testifying before Congress on Wednesday was “failure” when they were asked to describe the Trump administration’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic that has infected over 3 million Americans and killed more than 130,000.

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