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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Martha w/CalWatchDog's John Seiler, Tony Quinn of Fox&Hound, CA State Senator & Chair of Dems for Ed Reform Gloria Romero & Lydia Grant, Community Activist & Student Liaison in L.A.U.S.D.

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July 12, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:   Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Martha w/CalWatchDog's John Seiler, Tony Quinn of Fox & Hound Daily, Chair of Dems for Ed Reform, Past CA Senator & Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero and Community Activist and Student Liaison Lydia Grant.  

Former CA State Senator and Senate Majority Leader, now Chair of CA Democrats for Education Reform issued a statement last week calling for sitting CA Board of Education member Patricia Rucker to recuse herself from the board's hearing tomorrow, Wednesday, July 13th, when the board decides on the final draft of rules for The Parent Trigger law in California in California.   If the rules are not adopted at this hearing, then the process needs to begin all over again.  

We'll talk with the Senator over her role in passing the Parent Trigger Law when she was in the CA Legislature, her support for the Parent Trigger Law, and why she is riding with two bus loads of parents, to Sacramento to appear before the CA State Board of Education in support of the The Parent Trigger Law.   

Tony Quinn joins us to discuss his passionate op-ed, Excluding The Public: The Redistricting Commission Goes Dark | Fox & Hounds Daily, published yesterday in Fox and Hound Daily concerning the "black out" we are now experiencing from our CA Redistricting Commission.  
We'll also speak with Tony regarding his Fox & Hound colleague Joel Fox's op-ed concerning the CA Legislature's attack on Prop 13, "First, They Want to Go After Business Property Taxes."

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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


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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