FROM Rusty Selix
CHP Reaches $1.5M Settlement with Woman Beat by Officer it’s hard to forget the video of a California Highway Patrol officer beating a woman into the ground on the shoulder of Interstate 10 on July 1st of this year. Today, the CHP announced that a settlement has been reached for $1,500,000. The money will go to a lifetime trust for 51-year-old Marlene Pinnock, who’s been diagnosed as bipolar and was reportedly off her medication. The officer, Daniel Andrew, is resigning. Pinnock’s attorney said that satisfies the two goals she set for a lawsuit against the CHP. Civil rights organizers say that’s not enough. WARNING: The video below contains violence.
Will Medicating the Mentally Ill Increase Public Safety? The raft of multiple shootings around the country has LA County Supervisors asking the legislature to expand what's called "Laura's Law ." It's named for a woman who worked at a mental health clinic in Nevada County and who was killed by a patient. The purpose of Laura's Law is to medicate mentally ill people who've been refusing treatment before they commit any crime. The legislature has not provided any funding and, so far, only Nevada County has implemented Laura's Law. But Los Angeles County does have a pilot program.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Does 'hire American' mean fire a foreigner? US companies are allowed to hire employees from other countries with highly developed skills that can't be found here. President Trump says it's being abused as a way to find cheap foreign labor. We hear about the benefits—and the risks—of changing the H-1B program.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.