Governor Newsom signs bill to limit use of force by police

first_img August 19, 2019 Governor Newsom signs bill to limit use of force by police Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Gov. Gavin Newsom today signed legislation co- authored by a San Diego lawmaker that redefines when law enforcement officers can use deadly force.AB 392, co-written by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, will hold law enforcement officers liable for homicide if an investigation finds the use of deadly force on a civilian was necessitated by the officer’s ownactions. Law enforcement will still be able to use deadly force as self- defense, but only when “necessary.”Weber co-authored the legislation, dubbed the California Act to Save Lives, with Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento. Sen. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, introduced the bill in the state Senate.“We were told by so many that it could not happen and we had felt that we were at the brink of failure at one point in this whole process,” Weber said. “I felt the weight of the families. It’s been a difficult journey because they entrusted me with trying to make change. My greatest fear is that if we had failed, those who want to make change will never work to do it again.”Weber and McCarty introduced a similar bill last year after two Sacramento police officers shot and killed Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man, but it made little progress in the legislature. Weber said she battled with former Gov. Jerry Brown and opposition from law enforcement over the bill, even threatening a hunger strike last year.The two officers were not charged in Clark’s death. Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert ruled in March that they were legally justified in killing Clark because they said they felt they were in imminentdanger. The decision prompted public outcry and further inflamed the national conversation about police violence and its ties to race.“It’s one thing to sign a piece of paper, pass legislation,” Newsom said. “It’s another to change hearts and minds, to change culture. To change the way people conduct themselves, to hold themselves to a higher standard …That’s the work that we, collectively as a community, need to manifest at peril of missing this moment and missing the point of this moment.”At one time, AB 392 appeared stalled again amid unresolved tensions between state legislators and law enforcement officials. That tension dissolved when the two sides struck a deal in May to amend the bill by changing “reasonable” to “necessary” and removing language mandating officers to use lethal force only after using non-lethal alternatives.As a result of the deal, state law enforcement groups like the California Highway Patrol, Peace Officers Research Association of California and California State Sheriffs’ Association shifted their official stance on the bill from opposition to neutrality.A second piece of legislation, currently mired in the Assembly’s committee process, would require law enforcement agencies to train officers in accordance with AB 392. SB 230 would also standardize de-escalation trainingrequirements statewide in an effort to ensure all stakeholders are on the same page.SB 230 is supported, in part, by a coalition of PORAC, the California Police Chiefs and the California Association of Highway Patrols.“Together, AB 392 and SB 230 will modernize our state’s policies on the use of force, implementing the very best practices gathered from across our nation,” CPCA President Ron Lawrence said. “Once both bills are signed and take effect, the real work can begin using the training made available to officers by SB 230 to implement the AB 392 standard.”Whether SB 230 will become law in addition to AB 392 remains to be seen.In May, the San Diego City Council voted 6-2 in favor of a resolution supporting the bill. The previous month, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to oppose the bill.Both votes came after contentious public hearings and opposition from local law enforcement organizations like the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of San Diego County and the San Diego Police Officers Association, which argued that law enforcement agencies already have policies designed to keep law enforcement officers in check.AB 392 passed in the Senate 34-4, with four senators declining to record a vote, while the Assembly approved it 68-0 with 12 assembly members declining to vote.It will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020. Posted: August 19, 2019last_img read more

RMLD Offers Electric Heat Pump Water Heater Rebate To Customers

first_imgREADING, MA — As part of its Energy Star Appliance Rebate Program, RMLD offers residential customers a rebate of $500 on the purchase of an Electric Heat Pump Water Heater.An electric heat pump water heater works by pulling heat from the surrounding air to heat the water, and is two to three times more efficient than traditional electric water heaters that generate heat using electrical resistance. Because these devices work by pulling heat from the surrounding air, they work best when housed in a space with existing heat, such as a furnace room.Electric heat pump water heaters are also available in hybrid models that contain traditional electrical resistance heating which can be used during periods of high demand to ensure there is a sufficient supply of hot water.Click HERE to learn more about heat pump water heaters. Click HERE to see the details or RMLD’s program guidelines.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Reading Municipal Light Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRMLD Invites Customers To Attend Free Electric Car Show In Wilmington On September 15In “Community”SAVE THE DATE: RMLD To Hold Family-Friendly Open House On October 10In “Community”RMLD Asks Residents To Conserve Energy During This Weekend’s Heat WaveIn “Government”last_img read more

Lion King remake is the 9th highestgrossing film ever

first_img 2019 movies to geek out over 77 Photos TV and Movies Share your voice Post a commentcenter_img Enlarge ImageMost profitable lion of all time. Walt Disney Pictures The new and “improved” Lion King remake beat the original at the box office after just 11 days in theaters. But the original has nothing to be ashamed of, because now Lion King 2019 has beaten all but eight other movies at the global box office. At $1.435 billion, it’s now the ninth highest-grossing movie of all time, according to Box Office Mojo.It beat Avengers: Age of Ultron, the second of four Avengers flicks, to get that spot. It’ll have to make another $80 million or so to beat (Fast and) Furious 7, which at $1.516 billion is the eighth top-grossing flick ever. Avengers: Endgame is box office king, with $2.795 billion made at the global box office.These numbers don’t take inflation into account, though. Adjusting for inflation, the new film is still behind the original. The Lion King grossed $968 million in 1994, which converts to about $1.676 billion in 2019 money.The lion’s share of Lion King’s gross comes from international markets. According to Box Office Mojo, $939 million is from foreign markets while the film has made $496 million in the US.This year has been incredible for Disney to say the least. It’s already surpassed the box office record set by one single company in a single year. You can see why: The Lion King joins Disney’s Aladdin live-action remake, Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel and Spider-Man: Far From Home in the $1 billion club for 2019.Though it’s a cash cow, the new Lion King hasn’t been a critical darling. It holds a 55 on Metacritic and is only 52% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. (The audience score on Rotten Tomatoes is 88%, though.) Tags 0last_img read more

Graziano Under Fire Over Sex Abuse Allegations

first_imgPublic housing residents hold up signs prior to demonstrating outside the offices of the Housing Authority of Baltimore City on Oct. 26. (Photo by Roberto Alejandro)A union official has been fired from his job with the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) in what he, advocates, and residents are calling a retaliatory firing for daring to speak openly about the conditions and sex abuse at public housing properties.On Oct. 26, HABC executive director Paul Graziano met with two public housing residents, Rochelle Barksdale and Camay Owens, and the co-director and head organizer for Communities United, John Comer, who has been organizing public housing residents since 2012. The residents presented Graziano with a list of demands that included the extermination of rats, mice, and other pests, the replacing of broken windows and door locks, as well as the repair of broken heating units before the winter cold fully sets in.At a press conference after the meeting, Comer added that residents also demand that Lucky Crosby, health and safety officer for AFSCME Local 647, and, until Oct. 21, a maintenance mechanic at public housing properties for HABC, be reinstated after he was let go in what many are calling a retaliatory firing over Crosby’s at times public outspokenness regarding the deplorable living conditions at public housing properties in Baltimore as well as the sex abuse taking place there.Crosby arrived at his home on the evening of Oct. 21, to find a termination notice from HABC taped to his front door. Crosby had been suspended as of Oct. 9 over a verbal altercation with another maintenance worker that took place on Oct. 5, but which union officials, including AFSCME Local 647 president Anthony Coates, had called a pretext to punish Crosby for his outspokenness over the living conditions and allegations of sexual abuse at Gilmor Homes and other HABC properties.The {AFRO} has reported widely on both the living conditions and claims of sex abuse at Gilmor since last July. According to one public housing resident who preferred not to be named but was demonstrating outside the HABC office building as Barksdale, Comer, and Owens met inside, “I don’t have heat. I have to use my oven to warm up my house; we have blankets and everything. They say I can’t use my dryer, I’ve gotta unplug my microwave. I shouldn’t have to do those things if the wiring [in the unit] was appropriate.”Another demonstrator said her name was Stephanie but did not want her last name used and who also says she lives in Gilmor, said she was promised a larger unit within three months of moving in. That was three years ago, and the problems inside her unit have forced her grandchildren to take residence with their other grandparents.“When it’s in the winter, it’s like being outside. Children should not have to double up on quilts [in]side the house. The window’s coming out [of the frame]. I’ve been trying to get them to fix my unit since I’ve been there, and I’ve been there going on three years, and I didn’t know this has been going on there for years,” said Stephanie.The residents and organizers who met with Graziano on Oct. 26 were hoping to receive a firm timeline for the completion of all repairs in the public housing units, but said they did not receive one. Comer also said that the sex abuse allegations were discussed at the meeting, though Graziano was limited in his ability to comment due to the lawsuit filed in late September by attorneys Cary Hansel and Annie Hirsch, on behalf of what are now 11 female public housing residents over the abuse.Crosby spoke at the press conference that took place after the meeting, addressing the living conditions in Baltimore’s public housing.“I have worked in every development in housing, and they all are horrible because of the conditions that are allowed to fester.  You have low staff, you have no moral among the [maintenance workers], you have no materials [for repair].  In cases you’re putting a band-aid on a bullet wound, you cannot have that,” said Crosby, adding later, regarding the sex abuse claims and HABC’s response, “If they were Caucasian women, would we allow this?”last_img read more

Mamata releases Braille edition of autobiography Jiban Sangram

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee released the Braille version of her autobiography titled Jiban Sangram.On Friday, Banerjee released the book at Nabanna. The Braille version will help millions of visually challenged people to go through the book, which is a narrative of her journey into the life of Chief Minister.Amway India undertook the initiative jointly with its NGO partner Turnstone Global and converted the book into its Braille version. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsDr Kanchan Gaba, secretary of Turnstone Global, and Chandra Chakraborty, Regional Manager (East) of Amway India, handed over the Braille version of the book to the Chief Minister. It may be mentioned that five books penned by the Chief Minister including Amar Nabajanma, Sishubela and Rudraksha, were favourite ones in the International Kolkata Book Fair held in January. Amar Nabajanma is a collection of essays based on the current socio-political scenario, while Sishubela is a collection of rhymes for children.Upalabdhi is the first book of Banerjee, who was conferred with honorary DLitt for her contribution to Bengali literature, and it was sold more than 50,000 copies. Manusher Joy, Anashan Kano and Kanyar Chokhe Kanyashree are very popular among readers.last_img read more

How obesity spreads among members of social network

first_imgNot just emotions but any information is “contagious” on social networks that can even trigger the spread of real-world human behaviour like smoking and obesity, say researchers, including one of Indian-origin.“In large social networks, our model demonstrated that information is ‘contagious’ in much the same way that behaviour seems to be contagious,” said one of the researchers Suparna Rajaram of Stony Brook University in New York. “These results suggest that information transmission is a critical mechanism underlying the social transmission of behaviour,” Rajaram noted. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Using advanced computer modelling, the researchers found that the memory of one individual can indirectly influence that of another shared via social connections. The researchers incorporated well established cognitive processes into computer models capable of simulating groups much larger than those typically seen in laboratory research. Then, to see how information would spread throughout a large group, the researchers created a model that placed individuals into large, realistic networks and allowed them to interact with their neighbours. As one might expect, the results showed that direct neighbours showed more similar knowledge than did individuals who were indirectly linked through a shared neighbour. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHowever, the individuals who shared a neighbour, but who never interacted with each other, showed more similar knowledge than those who were separated by two people in the network.This suggests that a shared neighbour acts as a go-between, transmitting information to the individuals on either side, allowing them to indirectly influence each other. “Taken together, the findings of the current study leverage laboratory results and explanations to develop a much-needed theoretical account of behaviour in large social networks,” the researchers said. The findings were published in the journal Psychological Science.last_img read more

Six children hurt in road mishap at Memari

first_imgKolkata: Six students were injured after a heavy goods vehicle hit them while trying to avoid police officers at Memari in East Burdwan.According to a local resident, police instructed the goods vehicle driver to stop at Radhakantapur in Memari. It is alleged the vehicle driver speeded up despite the personnel instructing him to stop. When the vehicle speeded away, the police started chasing it. While trying to give police the slip, the vehicle driver lost control and hit six children who were going to school. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThey were immediately rushed to the Memari Rural Hospital. Later, two of them were shifted to Burdwan Medical College and Hospital as their condition deterio- rated. Tension aggravated when the police tried control of the situation. Police personnel were also attacked. Local residents alleged that police was chasing the goods vehicle to collect extortion money while police denied the allegations. They also put up a blockade to protest against the police. According to a police source, the goods vehicle driver was ordered to stop for documents checking. Some local residents set the goods vehicle and the police van on fire. Later, a large police force was sent to the spot to disperse the mob and to bring the situation under control. A police picket was also set up to avoid any untoward incident in the area.last_img read more