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    Plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit are seeking a temporary restraining order and injunction to limit the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s use of nonlethal force at protests, claiming it has employed rubber bullets, tear gas and other chemical agents indiscriminately against peaceful protestors, journalists and legal observers in violation of the Constitution. The petition, filed Monday in U.S. District Court, focuses on protests in recent weeks against police brutality and the shooting of Dijon Kizzee, who was killed by sheriff’s deputies Aug. 31 in Westmont after being flagged for a vehicle code violation while riding his bike. The incident has spurred daily protests in front of the South L.A. sheriff’s station. In court documents, a group of 13 plaintiffs...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX) – In a late-night session, the San Jose City Council made sweeping policy changes to the police department. In a 10-1 vote, lawmakers approved changes to the duty manual, including a ban on the use of rubber bullets to control crowds. The effort to make the changes stems from a protest turned violent when San Jose Police officers fired rubber bullets several times at the crowd gathered outside City Hall on May 31. “It was really impressive to see community leaders and activists. Then you guys started to use them as target practice,” Scott Largent, a San Jose resident said in the Zoom meeting. Megan Swift, another San Jose resident added, “San Jose Police Department, you broke...
    Newly-released body cam footage and a report from the San Jose Police Department about the handling of the George Floyd protests earlier this summer reinvigorated a heated debate within the city this week over the merits of using rubber bullets during protests and crowded situations. But despite adamant opposition from San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and many community activists and protestors, the San Jose City Council on Tuesday voted 10-1 to allow police officers to use the projectiles in some crowded situations and protests. “As we remove some of the tools — especially those less-than-lethal tools — then we limit officers on the options that they have, and then you do put officers in situations where you’re asking them to...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Community activists accused Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies Friday of using excessive force when responding to protests over the death of Dijon Kizzee. Kizzee had been riding a bicycle on Aug. 31 when he was stopped by police for a vehicle violation. He was shot and killed during the stop. A woman holds a placard and flowers towards Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputies blocking Imperial Hwy at the intersection of Normandie Avenue in South Los Angeles to protect the Sheriff’s Department station as protesters gather for the fifth consecutive night in the wake of Dijon Kizzee’s killing, in Los Angeles, California on September 9, 2020. (Photo by APU GOMES/AFP via Getty Images) With emotions running high this...
    During recent protests we saw people on the streets running from tear gas. New bill AB 66 would ban police from using this on crowds and restrict the use of less-than lethal devices such as rubber bullets and beanbags.Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D) San Diego is one of the sponsors of the bill."Even when it's used, this bill would require a couple of things beforehand. First of all, they would have to be a threat to an actual person. Law enforcement would have to try de-escalation first," says Gonzalez.Protests against police brutality continue in DTLA EMBED More News Videos Protesters gathered in downtown L.A. for another night of demonstrations against police brutality following the Kenosha, Wisconsin police shooting of Jacob Blake....
    FAIRFAX DISTRICT, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Los Angeles Police Department has released video of an incident involving a man who accuses the department of striking him in the head with rubber bullets during a protest in the Fairfax District on May 30.Video from an LAPD officer's body camera shows who a man identified by the department as C.J. Montano. He is seen being struck, then getting back up and running off.According to the the LAPD, officers fired upon the crowd after protesters threw objects at them.The incident is being investigated by the department's Force Investigation DivisionThe LAPD said Montano has not been cooperating with investigators.ABC7 has reached out to Montano for comment.
    OAKLAND — A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction banning Oakland police from using rubber or wooden bullets, stinger grenades and pepper-ball projectiles to control crowds of demonstrators — and severely restricts the use of tear gas. In his court order Wednesday, Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero extended his previous restrictions in June and also ordered the Oakland Police Department to make sure that outside agencies abide by Oakland’s rules if they’re asked to provide mutual aid at city demonstrations or other events. “This Order provides that certain crowd control tactics and munitions shall not be used except in very limited circumstances. This Order should not be read as permission to use these tactics and munitions,” Spero wrote....
    PORTLAND, OREGON - Two groups protesting U.S. agents sent to Portland by President Donald Trump to tamp down demonstrations outside a federal courthouse have sued the Department of Homeland Security, alleging it violated the Constitution by sending federal law enforcement to disperse crowds with tear gas and rubber bullets. The Wall of Moms — a group of self-described mothers — and the Don't Shoot Portland group filed the lawsuit late Monday against Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and other federal officials. The agency did not immediately respond Tuesday to a request for comment about the lawsuit. Members of the group of mothers have "been tear-gassed night after night, left vomiting and unable to eat or sleep because of the...
    A GROUP of mothers dressed in yellow shirts faced off with federal agents in Portland during another night of heated protests against racial injustice. Federal cops armed with assault rifles pushed back against the helmet-wearing parents protesting their presence in Oregon on Tuesday night. 8 A group of protesting parents clashed with federal police in Portland on Tuesday nightCredit: Reuters 8 Federal agents shoved the women, dubbed the 'Wall of Moms', during the ongoing Black Lives Matter demonstrations in OregonCredit: Reuters The "Wall of Moms", which formed less than a week ago, acted as human shields for Black Lives Matter protesters during the 55th night of protest in the liberal city. Wall of Moms organizer Jennie Vinson told the Washington...
    A Detroit, Michigan police officer was charged with three counts of felonious assault Monday after being accused of shooting multiple journalists with rubber bullets during a protest in May. Protests have been ongoing around the country against police brutality following the death of George Floyd. Cpl. Daniel Debono, 32, now potentially faces four years in prison after an “unprovoked” shooting involving three photojournalists, the New York Times reported, citing the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. “The evidence shows that these three journalists were leaving the protest area and that there was almost no one else on the street where they were,” county prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement according to the NYT. Worthy added that the journalists were not a...
    Demonstrators protest against police brutality for a second day following a night of confrontations between protesters and riot police on May 30, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images) Wayne County Prosecutor, Kym Worthy, has filed felony charges against a Detroit police officer who is accused of shooting journalists with rubber bullets. The incident took place on May 31 in the wake of days of protests after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.  READ MORE: Detroit activists aim to ban racist facial recognition software According to local reports, sometime after midnight, officers cleared an area in downtown Detroit where demonstrators were protesting. 32-year-old corporal, Daniel Debono, was dressed in riot...
    From Washington, D.C. to Minneapolis, journalists covering the George Floyd protests have been the targets of police abuse. And in Detroit, a police officer who, according to prosecutors, fired rubber bullets at three journalists during a protest in late May is now facing felony assault charges. The Detroit Free Press’ Frank Witsil reports that on Monday, July 20, 32-year-old Detroit police officer Daniel Debono was charged with multiple accounts of felony assault. Debono is facing nine counts altogether: three accounts per journalist. According to prosecutor Kym Worthy, “The evidence shows that these three journalists were leaving the protest area and that there was almost no one else on the street where they were. They were a threat to no one....
    Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles and other protest groups are asking a federal judge to issue a temporary restraining order and injunction to forbid the Los Angeles Police Department from using baton strikes and “rubber” bullets to control crowds during future protests, arguing that such use violates demonstrators’ constitutional rights and has caused a plethora of injuries. With protests over the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police bringing calls to end police brutality, lawyers for the protesters on Wednesday asked a federal judge to end LAPD practices that they say have fallen short of their constitutional duties. “The LAPD has used so-called rubber bullets and batons indiscriminately to disrupt and disperse protesters with many serious injuries resulting,” attorney Paul...
    COPS unleashed a salo of rubber bullets and pepper balls on hundreds of protesters marching over the fatal police shooting of an 18-year-old security guard. Andres Guardado, 18, was shot dead in Gardena, California, after police allegedly spotted him with a gun in front of a business near Gardena — but the dead youngster's family claim he was murdered. 16Credit: KCAL 9 Andres Guardado, 18, was killed by cops in Los Angeles on Thursday night 16 A demonstrator is detained by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies, in a protest against the death of the 18-year-oldCredit: Reuters 16 Cops fired pepper balls, flash-bangs and rubber bullets at the demonstratorsCredit: Reuters 16 A demonstrator kneels on the ground during a face-off with the...
    In the wake of George Floyd's death, dozens of police departments and legislatures across the nation have taken steps to implement reforms for officers. Floyd, an unarmed black man, died in police custody after an officer restraining him kneeled on his neck for over eight minutes. The incident has prompted national outrage and some law enforcement agencies have banned the use of the chokehold, as well as the use of tear gas and pepper spray — common tactics used during the many police brutality protests in the last two weeks -- in an effort to limit the use of excessive force that could result in death. Here are the states with recent reforms in their police departments. California The Los Angeles Police Department,...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- San Jose police are making changes to their crowd control policy after receiving backlash for their handling of George Floyd protests.Effective immediately, Chief Eddie Garcia says rubber bullets can no longer be used as a method for crowd dispersal.RELATED: SJPD chief fires back at critics, says officers 'endured an onslaught of violence'They can only be used when a person is actively attacking an officer or another person, or, if an armed person poses a threat to officers or other people, Chief Garcia said.Another modification to their guidelines is a direct response to the video of the Minneapolis officer who used his knee to choke George Floyd.RELATED: San Jose mayor rejects push to defund police departmentChokeholds...
    A small group of mostly peaceful protesters were shot with rubber bullets and tear-gassed by Huntsville Police and Madison County sheriff’s deputies after an NAACP rally last Wednesday. The city’s mayor, police chief and the state’s attorney general want the public to believe that anarchists and outsiders provoked law-enforcement to use paramilitary tactics to disperse protesters on the courthouse square. A video obtained by APR shows peaceful protesters being sprayed, gassed and shot with rubber bullets, as law-enforcement in black-clad riot gear pushed them from the city center. Subscribe to APR's daily newsletter After the police began their assault, some protesters did hurl insults and a few firecrackers at the approaching officers. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, police chief Mark...