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US Vice President Joe Biden  (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Vice President Biden ‘Comfortable’ With Gay Marriage, California Courts Decide Prop 8

Vice President Joe Biden went where President Barack Obama hasn’t yet gone: in support of same-sex marriage, saying he’s “absolutely comfortable” with it.


Tony Jones, a cousin of Oscar Grant, is suing the Oakland Police Department after he was shot by an officer on February 19, 2012. (CBS)

Oscar Grant’s Cousin Sues Oakland Police Over Officer Shooting

A convicted felon who was shot and wounded by an Oakland police officer in an incident last month filed a $10 million lawsuit in federal court Wednesday accusing the officer of violating his civil rights.


A protestor talks with police during the eviction of the Occupy Oakland camp on November 14, 2011. (Mathew Sumner/Getty Images)

Occupy Oakland Protesters Return To Frank Ogawa Plaza

A group of Occupy Oakland protesters have once again gathered at Frank Ogawa Plaza to reoccupy the area, but this time without the tents that sparked previous police action.


Johannes Mehserle during a court appearance. (AP photo)

Ex-BART Cop Mehserle Facing Civil Trial Over 2008 Incident

A federal civil rights trial involving accusations that former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle used excessive force in a November 2008 incident in Oakland is set to begin in San Francisco on Tuesday.


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San Jose Panda Express Accused Of Latino Worker Discrimination

Federal officials are suing a San Jose Panda Express, accusing the restaurant of making Latino workers clean toilets and perform other menial work while Asian employees stood around and watched.

CBS San Francisco–08/18/2011

Santa Clara City Council

Santa Clara’s All White City Council Draws Fire

A lawsuit may soon be filed challenging Santa Clara’s all white City Council. In response, the city is forming a committee to see if changes need to be made to its city charter.



Union City Schools Settle Civil Rights Lawsuit

Oakland civil rights attorney Pamela Price said Thursday that the New Haven Unified School District in Union City has agreed to pay $725,000 to settle a lawsuit.

CBS San Francisco–06/23/2011

Santa Clara City Council

Santa Clara City Council Accused Of Being Too White For Too Long

In something of a legal shot over the bow, an attorney who specializes in civil rights has put Santa Clara on notice that he believes the City Council is violating state law.


Oakland police cruisers (CBS)

Oakland Police Gets 3 More Months To Implement Reforms From ‘Riders’ Case

A federal judge has given the Oakland Police Department until June to come up with a plan for carrying out reforms ordered back in 2003.


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Oakland Residents Fired Up Over Proposed Gang Injunction

An Alameda County judge is scheduled to continue hearing evidence Wednesday afternoon over whether Oakland can impose a curfew and other restrictions on dozens of suspected gang members.