Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Tuesday Must Read: Jury Exonerates Two OPD Officers; East Bay Lawmakers Push for Ammo Restrictions

By Robert Gammon
Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. A federal jury yesterday ruled in favor of two Oakland police officers who shot and killed an unarmed barber as he ran away from them, the Chron$ reports. The jury decided that Officers Eriberto Perez-Angeles and Omar Daza-Quiroz were justified in fatally shooting Derrick Jones, 37, in 2010 because the cops said they thought Jones had a gun; it turned out to be a small scale. Jones’ widow had sued the officers and the city, but the judge in the case refused to allow the jury to hear about the numerous use-of-force complaints that had been filed against Perez-Angeles and Daza-Quiroz over the past few years. The city settled another suit with Jones’ parents for $225,000.

2. Democratic state legislators are pushing for a series of new laws that would restrict ammunition sales in California, the Mercury News reports. One of the bills, by Berkeley Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, would set up a state registry to track ammo buyers. Another bill, by Alameda Assemblyman Rob Bonta, would enact a 10-percent tax on ammunition.

3. The Ohio company that supplied the giant bolts that snapped on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge built at least fourteen other parts for the job that failed Caltrans safety tests, the SacBee$ reports. Records show that bridge parts supplied by the company, Dyson Corp., had a much higher failure rate than any other manufacturer. Caltrans is attempting to jury-rig a fix for the massive bolts that snapped because they were designed to help the new bridge withstand a major earthquake.

4. The number of drug overdoses from prescription painkillers, like oxycodone, has skyrocketed in San Francisco, the Chron$ reports. Prescription drug overdoses have now supplanted car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in America. Overdoses from heroin, by contrast, have dropped dramatically in the last decade.

5. Former Obama administration official Rho Khanna of Fremont announced that he plans to run against incumbent Democratic Congressman Mike Honda in 2014, the Chron$ reports. The White House, however, backs Honda.

6. Tesla, the manufacturer of high-end electric vehicles, turned a profit for the first time last quarter in its ten-year history, the Merc reports.

7. And famed NASA scientist James Hansen, an expert on global warming, announced that he is retiring to become a full-time climate-change activist, The New York Times$ reports.

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