Fullerton Beating Case Takes a Surprising Turn
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The liberal OC Weekly says conservative Orange County will never be the same. Republican District Attorney Tony Rackauckas has charged one Fullerton policeman with murder and another with involuntary manslaughter. We talk with the DA and the father of victim Kelly Thomas, a homeless schizophrenic. Why are do many mentally ill people live on the streets of California cities? Also, UCLA students talk about the burden of increasing tuition. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, how is Google changing our lives?
Banner image: Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas demonstrates how Fullerton, California police officer Manuel Ramos confronted Kelly Thomas, during a news conference to announce charges against two Fullerton police officers in connection with Thomas' death on September 21, 2011 in Santa Ana, California. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
Law Enforcement in Orange County ()
The City of Fullerton made international headlines in July, when a 37-year old homeless schizophrenic named Kelly Thomas died after a police beating. Yesterday, Republican District Attorney Tony Rackauckas made headlines of a different kind. He filed second-degree murder charges against Fullerton officer Manuel Ramos and accused both Ramos and his colleague, Corporal Jay Cicinelli, of involuntary manslaughter. We speak with the DA, Thomas' father and an advocate for the mentally ill.
- Tony Rackauckas: Orange County District Attorney, @OCDATony
- Ron Thomas: father of Kelly Thomas
- Carla Jacobs: Treatment Advocacy Center
UCLA Students Try Coping with Higher Tuition Costs ()
UC Regents so far have refused the request of President Mark Yudof to allow annual tuition increases of 8- to 16 percent for the next four years. Tuition has already gone up twice in the past year to a current total of $12,192. Room, board and various campus fees can bring costs to $31,000. In Berkeley today, 100 or so protesters clashed with police and took over a building. Yesterday, KCRW's news producer Saul Gonzalez talked to students on the campus of UCLA, which opened for classes today.
How Is Google Changing Our Lives? ()
Thirteen years ago, before Google was ever invented, Bill Gates of Microsoft faced anti-trust charges before a Senate Committee. Yesterday, backed by 25 lobbying and public relations firms, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt faced the same committee, determined not to repeat Gates' mistakes. How dominant is Google? Can users completely trust it? We hear about the good and the bad.
- Amir Efrati: Wall Street Journal
- Danny Sullivan: Search Engine Land
- Siva Vaidhyanathan: University of Virginia
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