PALO ALTO, CA — The city of Palo Alto has agreed to pay a $572,500 settlement to Gustavo Alvarez, a gay man who sued the city's police department over his February 2018 arrest in which he alleged that officers violated his civil rights. The terms of the settlement also require all city officers to undergo LGBTQ training, the Mercury News reported. The arresting officer, former Sgt. Wayne Benitez, will have to write a written apology to Alvarez that will be made public. Alvarez was arrested Feb. 18, 2018, outside his mobile home on suspicion of driving with a suspended license. Video footage of the arrest showed officers slamming Alvarez to the ground, and Benitez saying, "You think you're a tough guy, huh?" and "You're gonna be bleeding a whole lot more" as Alvarez complains of his injuries. Alvarez began to bleed and lost a tooth during the arrest. The charges against him were ultimately dismissed due to a lack of evidence. Audio from Benitez's microphone after the arrest … [Read more...] about Palo Alto Settles Gay Man’s Civil Rights Lawsuit For $500k
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Warren led on impeachment and Harris quickly followed. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images Last week Elizabeth Warren became the first major 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to leap squarely onto the bullet train of a call for Trump’s impeachment: At the time, I thought her action might cancel out its strategic value for her by beginning an avalanche of other candidates moving in the same direction: For the moment, her stance creates a strong likelihood that other candidates could follow; there could perhaps even be a stampede that eliminates Warren’s tactical advantage while confirming her status as a party trendsetter. And if she and other presidential candidates create a wave of support for impeachment that breaks down Pelosi & Co.’s resistance, Warren may have to deal with the ironic consequences of a development that blots out the sky and reduces the attention her policy proposals will receive. But that hasn’t really happened. Yes, one major rival, … [Read more...] about Warren’s Impeachment Gambit Could Work Out Well for Her
MIAMI (AP) — John Beilein had seen Duncan Robinson get on hot shooting stretches plenty of times before. None of those were at his expense. Robinson put on a show for his college coach — and got himself into the Miami record book as well. He set team marks with seven 3-pointers in the second quarter, eight in the first half and finished with a career-high 29 points as the Heat rolled past Beilein and the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-100 on Wednesday night. "That young man the last two years has developed with the Miami culture," said Beilein, the first-year Cavaliers coach who had Robinson for three seasons at Michigan. "He's developed his game into a whole different level. ... Part of it you hate, but it's also part of your blood.” Robinson was 9 for 15 from the field, all of them coming from 3-point range. His early flurry helped Miami tie a franchise mark with 75 first-half points. The lead was 27 at the break and the Heat stayed in control the rest of the way. Kevin … [Read more...] about Robinson’s record night helps Heat beat Cavs 124-100
Different theories of electability support the candidacies of Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Bernie Sanders. Photo: Getty Images It’s generally understood that for all the talk of Democrats “moving to the left” and embracing audaciously progressive policies, they are also very concerned about the “electability” of their 2020 presidential nominee. This is a concern that is likely to border on an obsession if the prospective general election looks close as voters begin voting, as I noted last month: [How will] Democrats — at both the elite and grassroots level — react to the real possibility of a second Trump win, particularly if it grows more plausible as 2020 approaches. Will they calmly resolve to unite behind whoever emerges from the abattoir of the nominating process, based on their popularity among Democratic primary voters? Or will they panic and become obsessed about “electability” as opposed to any other candidate quality? … [Read more...] about What Do Democrats Mean by ‘Electability’?
During an exit interview in November, 2016, just weeks after the election, David Remnick asked President Obama who the future leaders of the Democratic Party might be, and who could realistically challenge Trump in 2020. A surprising figure Obama named was Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who, at the time, was only thirty-four. In recent weeks, Buttigieg’s profile has risen dramatically, and he has collected campaign donations at a surprising clip, considering that he lacks the national profile of a senator or governor. The field of Democrats running for President is enormous, but Buttigieg stands out for a few reasons. He’s a Navy veteran, born and raised in the city he governs, so you could say that he has real heartland credibility. He’s also the first gay Presidential candidate with a real shot at the nomination. Buttigieg is a millennial who graduated high school in the year 2000 and, if elected, would be the youngest President by far. In a … [Read more...] about Pete Buttigieg on How He Plans to Win the Democratic Nomination and Defeat Trump