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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha Montelongo and CalWatchDog's John Seiler, CA City Journal's Ben Boychuk & special guest, David Bailey, former LA Port Police Officer

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August 30, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal joins me as we talk with John Seiler of CalWatchDog.comDave Bailey, a current businessman who lives in the City of Fullerton, CA  and is former police officer with the Los Angeles Port Police Department, joins us to discuss the due process lag in the case of the fatal beating of 38 year old, 135 pound schizophrenic homeless man, Kelly Thomas, at the hands of six Fullerton Police Officers who have since been put on paid leave, but whom have not been charged for any crime since the beating occurred on July 5th of 2011. 

Given the current law and precedent established by the CA Supreme Court in August of 2006, in Copley v. Superior Court, is it possible to get due process and justice when the alleged criminals are police officers?

In a recent article posted at CalWatchdog  involving Assemblyman Portantino, D-La Cañada, and his current stand for transparency concerning the CA State Legislators' personal budgets, Steve Greenhut referred to a CA Supreme Court Case decision in August of 2006, and a subsequent bipartisan effort by some lawmakers in Sacramento, led by then Senator Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, to overturn the effects of that decision with SB 1019, which Portantino played a role to defeat.

The Tracy Press described it this way in an article titled Bill puts cops in the sunshine  "Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, authored Senate Bill 1019 after the August 2006 state Supreme Court decision in Copley Press v. Superior Court, which prevents the public from learning about law enforcement officers who have been disciplined for misconduct, even if the law enforcement agency wants the public to know the findings. The door has been slammed shut on the misconduct hearings and all their records. It’s so extreme that local police officials cannot even tell citizens that a disciplinary hearing happened."

Greenhut links to a previous post in which he reports his account of a California Assembly's Public Safety Committee hearing where Sen. Romero's bill was heard, supportive legislators were excluded and law enforcement lobbyists and their legislative supporters dominated.

We'll talk with John Seiler and Ben Boychuk on the latest posts at CalWatchDog.
Here are some of the hottest stories we want to cover on the show:

CA ‘Jobs Gap’ Jumps to Record High by John Seiler.
California’s “Jobs Gap” with the rest of America jumped to a record high, according to new calculations. In 2010,[John Seiler] devised the “Jobs Gap” to measure how much worse unemployment is in California that the rest of America.
Brown Jobs Plan Just More Gimmicks

Existing Pensions Also Will Be Cut

Gov. Unions Attack Initiative Process

I said I'd do it two weeks ago, then last week... Now two week later, I must squeeze it in. I want to ask our panel, Why the media black out of Ron Paul's 2nd place victory at the Iowa Ames Straw Poll on Saturday? Aug 13th. Want to get John Seiler's take on it.

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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

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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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