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.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?