May 20, 2016

San Francisco’s police chief resigns after unarmed car theft suspect fatally shot during arrest. “The San Francisco Police Department is under intense scrutiny following the fatal shooting of Mario Woods in December and the fatal shooting of Luis Gongora in April, as well as two recent scandals involving racist text messages exchanged among officers.” http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/San-Francisco-Police-Chief-Greg-Suhr-Resigns-Mayor-380196131.html

Grand jury says Oklahoma’s death penalty process is deficient. “The missteps described by the grand jury include a pharmacist ordering the wrong drug for executions, multiple state employees failing to notice or tell anyone about the mix-up and a high-ranking official in the governor’s office urging others to carry out an execution even with the incorrect drug.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/05/19/oklahoma-grand-jury-says-lethal-injection-process-muddled-by-inexcusable-failure/

Oklahoma legislatures passes bill that would make performing an abortion a felony. “According to the language of the bill, anyone who is found to have performed an abortion – except in instances to save the life of the mother – will be found guilty of a felony and can receive up to three years in prison.” The bill needs the governor’s signature to become law. http://edition.cnn.com/2016/05/19/politics/oklahoma-abortion-criminalization/

Trump delegate reportedly indicted for ammunition and firearms violations, investigators claim to have found child pornography while searching his computer. “Hundreds of illegal weapons, including machine guns, were found inside a bunker below the garage in (Caleb) Bailey’s home, a U.S. official briefed on the investigation said.” http://edition.cnn.com/2016/05/19/politics/trump-delegate-child-porn-gun-explosives/

Federal judge upholds Virginia’s voter ID law requiring approved photo ID to vote. “But key to the judge’s decision to uphold the law was a provision allowing residents who lack IDs to obtain them for free without having to provide a birth certificate.” http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2016/05/19/3780229/virginia-upholds-voter-id-law/

Reading, Pennsylvania police officer charged after video shows him punching motorist accused of parking without using turn signal. “Cintron-Garcia’s car… did have the right turn signal on at the time, according to surveillance video from the incident obtained by ABC News today.” http://abcnews.go.com/US/pennsylvania-cop-charged-video-appears-show-punching-woman/story?id=39226903

Elizabeth Warren says on-demand employees should have the right to organize. ““Full-time, part-time, temp workers, gig workers, contract workers, you bet, those who provide the labor should have the right to bargain as a group with whoever controls the terms of their work, and they should be protected from retaliation or discrimination for doing so,” she added.” http://thehill.com/policy/technology/280576-warren-says-on-demand-economy-workers-should-be-able-to-organize

Federal agency says pipeline company negligent in 2015 Santa Barbara oil spill. “A pipeline company responsible for spilling more than 120,000 gallons of oil on the California coast failed to prevent corrosion in its pipes, detect the rupture or respond swiftly as crude streamed toward the ocean, federal regulators said Thursday.” http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/texas/article/US-regulators-to-detail-cause-of-California-oil-7718231.php

Google and French government face off in “right to be forgotten” dispute. “The (French government) has argued that expanding the reach of the “right to be forgotten” program to all Google domains, no matter where or how they’re accessed, is the only way to fully protect the rights and privacy of European citizens.” http://www.cnet.com/news/google-appeals-france-order-on-right-to-be-forgotten-globally/

NFL agrees to return money it was paid for allowing patriotic events to be staged at games. “Flake and McCain, both Republicans, revealed in November that the Pentagon had (paid) up to $6.8 million… to both professional and college sports teams to allow rah-rah patriotic displays and performance at games.”  http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/nfl-agrees-reimburse-u-s-taxpayers-720k-paid-patriotism-n577031

Chelsea Manning to appeal conviction. “”It’s very disturbing that the law forbade Manning from mounting a defense that took into account the public interest in any of her disclosures,” said ACLU staff attorney Esha Bhandari in a press statement.” http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/05/19/chelsea-manning-files-appeal-against-grossly-unfair-and-unprecedented-conviction

Greenpeace activists protest at BP sponsored “Sunken Cities” exhibit. “We’re here today taking a stand because of the irony of an oil company sponsoring an exhibition whose name practically spells out impacts of climate change,” Greenpeace UK says. “What were they thinking?” http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/05/19/bp-sponsored-sunken-cities-show-provokes-museum-climbing-climate-protest

Some California law enforcement groups want to keep marijuana illegal. “The (anti-legalization campaign’s) funds came from groups representing law enforcement, including the California Police Chiefs Association, the Riverside Sheriffs’ Association, the Los Angeles Police Protective League’s Issues PAC, and the California Correctional Supervisor’s Organization.” https://theintercept.com/2016/05/18/ca-marijuana-measure/

Clinton wins Kentucky Democratic primary by a hair. “With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Clinton was leading by 46.8 percent to Sanders’s 46.3 percent.” http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/05/18/wounded-hillary-limps-to-kentucky-win.html

Oklahoma legislators reportedly introduce “emergency” bathroom bill to prevent transgendered people from using the wrong one. “It being immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety, an emergency is hereby declared to exist, by reason whereof this act shall take effect and be in full force from and after its passage and approval.” http://www.mediaite.com/online/ok-lawmakers-introduce-bill-declaring-state-of-emergency-over-bathrooms/

Pope says exploitation of workers is a mortal sin. “Human traffickers and unjust business owners who become wealthy by exploiting others for cheap labor commit a mortal sin, Pope Francis has said at his morning Mass.” http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2016/05/19/pope-francis-people-who-exploit-others-are-bloodsucking-leeches/

Lawsuit reportedly alleges police detective offered to help sexual assault victim if she would agree to be filmed in a “nude cat-fight”. “…the lawsuit claims she was told to engage in naked fights with another woman, “as there was a group of men in the area who liked to watch women participate in nude, videotaped fistfights.”” http://www.rawstory.com/2016/05/shocking-lawsuit-alleges-detective-ordered-a-rape-victim-to-engage-in-nude-cat-fights/

Economist and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich urges fellow Sanders supports to back Clinton if she wins the nomination, reportedly gets a lot of push-back from his fans. “Real progressives fight Clintonism with the same fervor as they oppose Republicans.” http://www.rawstory.com/2016/05/bernie-fan-robert-reich-urges-voters-to-work-like-hell-for-hillary-if-she-gets-nod-and-all-hell-breaks-loose/

Record temperatures hit 124 degrees F in India. “Phalodi in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur on Thursday sizzled at 51 degrees celsius — the highest temperature recorded in the country since 1956.” http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Temperatures-soar-to-record-highs-blistering-heat-torments-north-Central-India/articleshow/52354739.cms

Philadelphia denies permit for anti-poverty demonstration. “A group of anti-poverty activists is vowing to march through downtown Philadelphia when the Democratic National Convention is in town, even though the city has denied its application for a permit to do so.” http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/philadelphia/93778-with-or-without-philly-permit-advocates-for-poor-vow-to-march-down-broad-st-as-dnc-opens The First Amendment doesn’t say anything about needing a permit, does it?

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May 20, 2016

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