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What message are our legislators sending to voters, when they publicly admit they haven't done their job? How many bills are passed each year that policymakers haven't even bothered to read? This is disgraceful. This is called dereliction of duties and we must demand a stop to this practice.

      
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by Sarina Fazan

August 22, 2012

A big factor during the RNC is the potential for a large number of arrests. In anticipation, in an unprecedented move, Hillsborough County jail officials announced one facility is completely cleared and essentially reconstructed just for the RNC.

The man in charge, Colonel Jim Previtera, took charge as he walked us through the Orient Road Jail. The colonel began in the carport, where, he said, "The inmates will be unloaded, they will be searched and walked through a metal detector which has been added for this event." The entire facility has been transformed. At around noon Wednesday, the last of the inmates, excluding a dozen or so trustees prepared to handle cooking and cleaning duties, were moved out to nearby Falkenburg Road Jail. Anyone arrested during the RNC will be brought to Orient Road Jail.

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July 10, 2013

A Berks County Police officer has been accused of taking his children along for a shoplifting spree.

Officer Glen Oesterling is a member of the Amity Township Police. Investigators say the officer stole hundreds of dollars worth of groceries from the Giant Food Store in West Pottsgrove Township in Montgomery County. Security at the store said when they tried to stop Oesterling, he told them he was a cop. Oesterling has been suspended without pay.

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by Leticia Juarez

June 21, 2013

An El Monte family reached out to police for help, and an officer shot one of their beloved dogs.

The family told Eyewitness News they contacted the El Monte Police Department after their 14-year-old son ran away from home. Officers came to the house to get a picture of the boy -- but the family told them to call ahead of time so they could put away their two dogs. They say police never contacted them and ignored a "beware of dog" on the front gate. "They just came in our door without calling us or anything and then our dog ran up to the police and the police shot it," said Chi Nguyen, 11.

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by Kenneth Moton

May 1, 2013

Three men and one woman have filed a federal lawsuit against the Philadelphia police claiming they were mistreated by an officer in Center City on Easter morning.

Roderick King recorded his encounter with an unidentified Philadelphia Police officer at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 31st. On Tuesday, King and three of his friends filed a million dollar federal lawsuit against the department after they say their rights were violated in the area of 13th and Rodman streets. "The more I spoke with Mr. King I realized they hadn't done anything wrong and this guy was just way over the line," the group's attorney Kevin Mincey said.

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October 1, 2012

There's a question of constitutional rights that's increasingly being raised around the country.

The family of a New Jersey teenager is suing a local police department claiming officers arrested the boy simply because he was videotaping a confrontation with cops. 15-year-old Austin DeCaro never imagined his habit of taking his camcorder everywhere would come in so handy on an evening several months ago. "He got out of a car and said, 'All of you get on the curb,' and none of us knew what to do, so I flipped on my camera," said Austin DeCaro, a teenage videographer, "I saw this random guy telling us to sit on the curb and I didn't know if he was a cop or not. I decided I should record it."

abclocal.go.com

by Tommy Tran

November 7, 2011

FRESNO -- The Sheriff's Department has moved in for the second time in two days to arrest Occupy Fresno protestors.

Deputies urged protesters to leave Courthouse Park peacefully, but Occupy Fresno demonstrators remained defiant while being put into handcuffs. The Fresno County Sheriff's Office says eight people were arrested around 1 a.m. Monday morning. More than 40 deputies in riot gear spent time surrounding the group.

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September 29, 2011

A Northern California teacher says he doesn't want to hear a common courtesy in his classroom.

He's even lowering students' grades if they say "bless you" after someone sneezes. Steve Cuckovich says the practice is disrespectful and disruptive. He's banned saying "bless you" in his high school health class in Vacaville. He even knocked 25 points from one student's grade for saying the phrase in class.

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November 16, 2010

The San Mateo district attorney's office has a warning for all TSA personnel at SFO -- anyone inappropriately touching a passenger during a security pat down will be prosecuted.

Incoming San Mateo DA Steve Wagstaffe says any complaints of inappropriate touching during an airport security pat down will land on his desk. "The case would be reviewed and if we could prove the elements of it, that it was inappropriately done with a sexual or lewd intent, that person would be prosecuted," he said. The charge -- sexual battery.

abcnews.go.com

by Jonathan J. Cooper

July 1, 2016

Gov. Jerry Brown signed six stringent gun-control measures Friday that will require people to turn in high-capacity magazines and mandate background checks for ammunition sales, as California Democrats seek to strengthen gun laws.

Brown vetoed five other bills, including requirement to register homemade firearms and report lost or stolen weapons to authorities. The Democratic governor's action is consistent with his mixed record on gun control . Some of the enacted bills duplicate provisions of a November ballot measure by Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Some of the vetoed measures also appear in Newsom's initiative.

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by Abc News

April 17, 2015

China is calling for a global currency to replace the dominant dollar, showing a growing assertiveness on revamping the world economy ahead of next week's London summit on the financial crisis.

The surprise proposal by Beijing's central bank governor reflects unease about its vast holdings of U.S. government bonds and adds to Chinese pressure to overhaul a global financial system dominated by the dollar and Western governments. Both the United States and the European Union brushed off the idea.

      
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