Urban Institute's Justice Policy Center
FROM Nancy La Vigne
When Cops Wear Body Cameras, Who Gets to See the Footage? Police in Fresno released video footage Wednesday of two officers shooting and killing a 19-year-old man. The shooting happened last month. The department’s chief said he decided to release the graphic body camera footage because of intense interest in the shooting. The footage shows the man reaching behind his back and grabbing an object that officers believed was a weapon. He can be heard saying he hates his life before officers open fire. Police departments across the country are equipping officers with body cameras, but many questions remain over who gets to see the footage.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.