Civil rights

13-year-old Andy Lopez was fatally shot by Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputies on October 22, 2013. (CBS)

Activists Call For Justice Dept. Investigation Of Sonoma Co. Law Enforcement’s Use Of Deadly Force

Civil rights activists and a group of surviving family members of police-related deaths are calling for a U.S. Department of Justice investigation of Sonoma County for what they call “an epidemic of deadly force by police”.

06/24/2014

Maya Angelou Memorial

Poet Maya Angelou Remembered At Memorial Service; Video Highlights

VIdeo highlights from the memorial service for poet, actress, singer and civil rights activist Maya Angelou at Wake Forest; remarks from Oprah Winfrey, first lady Michelle Obama and Pres. Bill Clinton.

06/07/2014

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Napa Becomes Latest CA County To End Jail Immigration Holds Without Probable Cause

The Napa County Department of Corrections is the latest California county to decide against detaining inmates past their release date for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement unless a court finds a probable cause to detain them.

06/06/2014

Yuri Kochiyama print (dignidadrebelde/Creative Commons)

Yuri Kochiyama, Civil Rights Activist And Friend Of Malcom X, Dies At 92 In Berkeley

Civil right activist Yuri Kochiyama, whose photograph famously appeared in Life magazine cradling the head of Malcom X moments after he was shot, has died of natural causes in her Berkeley home.

06/05/2014

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BART Settles Lawsuit: 5 Men Detained With Oscar Grant To Get $175,000

BART has settled a lawsuit brought by five men who were detained with Oscar Grant on the Fruitvale Station platform in Oakland when he was fatally shot.

05/20/2014

An SFPD cruiser. (AP)

San Francisco Police Officer Accused Of Drunkenly Spitting On Parking Cop

A San Francisco parking control officer has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit accusing a city police officer of nearly running her over and then spitting on her as she directed traffic.

05/15/2014

President Barack Obama speaks on climate change on June 25, 2013 at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

California Lawmakers Want Textbooks To Highlight President Obama’s Civil Rights Significance

If the California State Assembly gets its way, students in the 7th to 12th grades will learn about the racial significance of the election of President Obama in their social studies classes.

04/25/2014

Protesters inside the Cadlillac dealership on Van Ness Ave. in San Francisco in 1964. (Phiz Mezey)

San Francisco During Civil Rights Movement: 50 Years Since Auto Row Protests

This week marks the 50th anniversary of a civil rights demonstration where hundreds of protesters were arrested at car dealerships along San Francisco’s Auto Row.

04/11/2014

An image from a YouTube video by the SF Public Defender's Office shows San Francisco undercover police officers headed to a unit in the Henry Hotel. (SF Public Defender/YouTube)

San Francisco Police Union Holding Raffle For Indicted Officers

The San Francisco Police Officers Association has scheduled a series of fundraisers to pay for the legal defense of several officers facing federal charges for alleged civil rights violations. A raffle with some high-priced prizes is among the events planned.

03/19/2014

Sgt. Ian Furminger and Officer Edmund Robles and their attorneys in federal court, February 28, 2014. (Sketch by Vicki Behringer)

San Francisco Police Officers Plead Not Guilty To Illegal Searches, Stealing, Conspiracy

Four San Francisco police officers pleaded not guilty in federal court Friday to charges of conspiring to violate civil rights and steal property, money and drugs seized during searches and arrests.

02/28/2014

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