Monday, June 1, 2015

Monday Must Reads: Police Have Killed Nearly 400 People Nationwide This Year; Oakland Council to Vote on Surveillance Restrictions

By Robert Gammon
Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 9:44 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

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1. Police officers have already killed at least 385 people nationwide in 2015 — an average of about 2.6 killings per day, the Washington Post$ reports, based on an extensive review conducted by the newspaper. The Post also reports that Blacks are three times more likely to be killed by police than whites and people of other ethnic or racial groups. It’s unclear whether there have been more killings by police this year than in previous years because law enforcement agencies in the United States are not required to keep track of how many people they kill.

2. The Oakland City Council is scheduled to vote on Tuesday on legislation that would restrict the use of surveillance technology in the city, the Chron$ reports. The proposal would limit the use of surveillance to just the Port of Oakland.


3. In an effort to deal with abandoned homes in Richmond, the city council is poised to approve the sale of $3 million in bonds and use the funds to buy and fix up blighted properties, the CoCo Times$ reports. The city has about 800 abandoned homes overall.

4. The Berkeley school district is preparing to tighten admission policies at Berkeley High School because families who do not live in the city have been trying to send their kids to the school, Berkeleyside reports. This year, the district rejected 11 percent of applicants from private middle schools in Berkeley because the kids did not live in the city.

5. The clean-up of the large oil spill off the Santa Barbara coast has been extended to Ventura County, where tar balls have been spotted on beaches, the LA Times$ reports.

6. And thanks to Republican Senator Rand Paul, the US Patriot Act expired last night, thereby bringing an end to the mass collection of American phone records that was revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the AP reports. However, despite Paul’s action, the Senate is expected to approve a revised version of the Patriot Act later this week.    

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