Protest Hostility

A photojournalist who says he was subjected to excessive force while covering a Black Lives Matter protest outside the Saint Francis Hospital in Los Angeles is suing LA County, its sheriff and others, claiming they are hostile towards members of the media and the public attempting to record them and that he was unjustifiably assaulted.

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Excessive Force

A federal judge in Texas denied a former sheriff’s deputy’s request to stay an excessive force suit brought against him by an elderly individual who was beaten while strapped to a wheelchair. The judge said the case was the most “unjustifiable case of excessive force” he’d seen. The deputy is facing criminal charges arising from the same incident.

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Immunity

Three sheriff’s deputies indicted on felony murder and other charges for tasing a Black man to death were improperly granted immunity, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled. A homeowner called 911 after the man requested a drink of water on a hot day. The man proceeded to walk down the street after he was denied a drink. The court ruled there was “no legal basis” to detain the man for loitering.

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San Franciscans to Vote on Police Staffing Levels, Sheriff’s Department Oversight Board

Since 1994, San Francisco’s city charter has required its police department to maintain a force of 1,971 full-time officers. Voters will have a chance to repeal that requirement in November, after a proposed charter amendment sailed through the city’s Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday.

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