The city has long been a hub for protests that often leave severe damage on the downtown core and nearby Auto Row. Merchants and city politicians widely perceive the trouble as coming from outside agitators who pour in from other cities, then use Oakland as their playground. … [Read more...] about Homeland Security contract officer shot and killed amid protests in Oakland
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OAKLAND (CBS SF) — As tensions began to soar on the streets of Oakland Friday night, a gunman opened fired on two Federal Protective Service officers posted at the city’s federal building, killing one of them and sending the other to the hospital with critical injuries. … [Read more...] about Security Officers Gunned Down At Oakland Federal Building; One Dead, One Wounded
“The State Department has taken the position that they need a uniform policy that is consistent across the board,” Paul D. Castillo, senior attorney for Lambda Legal, told The Daily Beast. “They certainly have no appetite for their process to apply to only one person. What that means is that if they issue a passport with, say, an ‘X’ marker to Dana—in terms of their need for uniformity, I think it would clearly implicate changing the policy so other applicants can secure a gender marker other than male or female.” … [Read more...] about Will the State Department Fight Non-Binary Passports?
In October 2012, police officers pulled over an African-American man who had lived in Ferguson for 16 years, claiming that his passenger-side brake light was broken. The driver happened to have replaced the light recently and knew it to be functioning properly. Nonetheless, according to the man’s written complaint, one officer stated, “let’s see how many tickets you’re going to get,” while a second officer tapped his Electronic Control Weapon (“ECW”) on the roof of the man’s car. The officers wrote the man a citation for “taillight/reflector/license plate light out.” They refused to let the man show them that his car’s equipment was in order, warning him, “don’t you get out of that car until you get to your house.” The man, who believed he had been racially profiled, was so upset that he went to the police station that night to show a sergeant that his brakes and license plate light worked. … [Read more...] about DOJ Report on Ferguson Police Department Lists Many, Many Possible Civil-Rights Violations
The initiative has been in the works for several months, but received new life after China imposed national security restrictions on Hong Kong, according to the New York Times. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed China’s “disastrous decision” undermines “Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms and China’s own promises to the Hong Kong people.” (RELATED: Pompeo Declares Hong Kong ‘No Longer Autonomous From China’ After Communist Crackdown) … [Read more...] about REPORT: State Department Preparing To Cancel Thousands Of Visas For Chinese Students