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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

To Support or find out more about the Parent Trigger, if you’re in LA on the evening of March 21st, please attend this event organized by ed warrior Larry Sand

Here's the text from his email regarding the event: As you know, the Parent Empowerment Act, known colloquially as the Parent Trigger Law, was passed over a year ago in California. The first attempt to take advantage of the new law was by a group of parents in Compton late last year. Though they complied with the law in gathering the required number of signatures, they have met great resistance from the Compton Unified School District, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and others in Sacramento who seem bent on eviscerating the new law.

I have organized an event at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles on March 21 at which four experts, including Ben Austin, will explain the new law as well as its current legal status. We are trying to attract activists, parents, taxpayers, etc. who will hopefully be willing to involve themselves in the embattled Parent Trigger legal wrangle.

I am attaching a flyer with more information. Please forward it to anyone you think maybe interested in the event. Thank you very much.

To download a PDF of the Flier for this upcoming event, click here.

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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database

Key

Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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