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Police Use of Taser on Homeless Man Leads to Penalties

Police Use of Taser on Homeless Man Leads to Penalties

  DENVER (AP) — A federal jury on Oct. 14 found five Denver sheriff’s deputies used excessive force against a homeless street preacher who died in the city’s downtown jail and awarded his family a record $4.65 million in damages, a verdict an attorney said should send a message to law enforcement everywhere. Marvin Booker died [...]
Minimum Wage Law in San Diego Could go Before Voters  San Diego’s minimum wage law – which would increase hourly pay to $11.50 per in 2017 – is now on hold after opponents on Thursday submitted enough signatures to trigger a possible referendum, in which the issue would go before voters for a decision.  The San Diego City Council will decide on Monday whether [...]
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Ariz. ID Laws Used by Sheriff Joe Arpaio Under ReviewPHOENIX (AP) — Advocates for immigrants have urged a judge to shelve two Arizona ID theft laws that are the legal foundation for business raids by metro Phoenix’s sheriff. They argued on Thursday that the Legislature’s intent in passing the statutes wasn’t to confront identity theft but rather to combat illegal immigration. The state’s lawyers [...]
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Alabama Suffers Second-Worst Education Cuts in U.S.  Alabama public schools are back in the spotlight. For the staff at Arise Citizens’ Policy Project (ACPP), which works to improve the lives of low-income people in Alabama, the news could have been more upbeat – but the organization says there are steps to take to improve. Public dollars in Alabama to support students [...]
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Group Criticizes U.S. Delay to Help Domestic Workers  The U.S. Department of Labor will postpone enforcing minimum wage and overtime protections for the country’s nearly 2 million domestic workers until July, skipping the implementation date of Jan. 1, 2015, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) reported late Tuesday.  The late news out of Washington, D.C. prompted the Hispanic civil rights and [...]
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Alabama Group Vindicated After Holding Medicaid Vigilexcerpt
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‘Deporter-in-Chief’ Label Tagged on Obama in Chicago Area  Immigration reform is mired in Congress, and President Barack Obama has postponed announcing his executive actions until after the November elections. But deportations and complexities with the country’s immigration laws are felt daily, and activists, college students and families on Thursday wanted to let Obama know again – and directly – during a Chicago area [...]
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Solitary Confinement is Torture, Wis. Faith Group Says  Faith leaders in Wisconsin are boosting the public’s awareness this week about the effect of solitary confinement on humans and making the case that it’s torture. They’re not doing so by inviting the public inside a prison. Rather, they’re bringing a mock cell to the streets and asking people – and government leaders – [...]
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Better Laws Needed to Help LGBT Community, Groups Say  The LGBT community in the United States experiences a “legal inequality,” which can result in its members having lower incomes because of discrimination, according to a report released Tuesday by the Center for American Progress and Movement Advancement Project.  The report, “Paying an Unfair Price,” examines the financial penalties and economic hardship that LGBT [...]
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New Calif. Law Holds Employers More Accountable  People working in California – and especially those in the agriculture industry – will gain new protections in January that hold companies directly accountable for labor provided on their property, thanks to a new law signed on Sunday.  Gov. Jerry Brown approved AB 1897, which its sponsor, Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, hailed as a way [...]
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