Los Angeles just decided cops need to explain in ridiculous detail why they pulled over potential criminals

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LOS ANGELES, CA- As of Tuesday, March 1st, Los Angeles police officers are now required to articulate in the moment why a traffic or other minor violation has turned into a criminal investigation.

When making these “pretextual stops,” officers must now record themselves on their body-worn cameras stating their reasons for suspecting a more serious crime has occurred. According to the new rules, officers who fail to do so will be required to first undergo additional training and will then face increasingly severe discipline for subsequent violations of the new policy.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) defines a pretextual stop as one in “which officers conducting a minor traffic or code violation escalate it into an investigation of a more serious crime unrelated to the initial violation.”

According to reports, the five-member Los Angeles Police Commission unanimously approved the new policy, which takes effect immediately.

The vote was made over objections by the police union that represents rank-and-file officers, which stated that pretextual stops are critical to ensuring public safety and should not be restricted.

However, critics of the LAPD also spoke out against the measure, saying that these types of stops disproportionately impact people of color and should be banned in their entirety.

According to the Office of the Inspector General, there were “pretty substantial racial disparities” in stops, many of which were pretextual stops, conducted by the department in 2019.

The Office of the Inspector General added that “a fairly small number of them yielded evidence of serious crimes or ended up resulting in any kind of arrests.”

According to Commission President William Briggs, those findings let the commission to request that the LAPD update its current policy. Briggs said in a statement:

“Those pretextual stops do not result in guns being taken off the streets. Those pretextual stops do not result in curtailing murders and curtailing shootings … there is no data that anyone can point to that establishes that pretextual stops curtail violent crime in our city.”

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On Tuesday, March 1st, Police Chief Michael Moore responded to several concerns about the new policy. He said in a statement:

“I’ve heard thoroughly members of this organization who believe that this policy will stop us from identifying those responsible for violent crime, stop us from identifying those that are carrying weapons, firearms, engaged in street violence. I firmly believe that this is not the case.”

Union leaders from the Los Angeles Police Protective League warned that the new rules were a threat to public safety. The also said that the process by which the commission followed to change the policy violated the union’s collective bargaining agreement with the city.

The union added that they are considering legal options to challenge the new policy. The Los Angles Times reported that in a statement, the union said Briggs “should get off his soapbox, do his homework, and tell the truth about pretext stops and the important role they play in taking guns off our streets.”

The statement allegedly cited data suggesting there were 817 firearms seized during 726 stops in the Newton Division in 2021 and that those seizures “prevented our residents from being shot, shot at, intimidated, victimized, and murdered.”

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Under proposed legislation, police no longer allowed to stop drivers for most traffic violations

February 10th, 2022

SALEM, OR- According to reports, Oregon legislators are actively considering a bill that essentially stops law enforcement officers from being allowed to stop drivers for minor traffic violations.

Senate Bill 1510 would make reforms to how drivers interact with law enforcement as well as to parole and probation conditions.

The summary of the bill is that it will require a police officer to inform the stopped person of a right to refuse to consent to a search during the traffic stop.

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If the bill becomes a law, it will also prohibit an officer from pulling someone over based solely on a minor infraction such as a broken headlight, taillight, or license plate light.

However, officers would still be able to ticket drivers for those equipment violations if the stop was initially made for another unsafe driving violation.

Officers will have to ask for consent to search a vehicle and get that consent in writing, on audio or a video recording.

According to OPB, Senate Bill 1510 contains pieces of a farther-reaching bill that died in the 2021 session and law enforcement groups say it could make roads less safe.

The bill being proposed now is wide-ranging, but is still opposed by law enforcement officers who would face new constraints on how they pull over motorists and search vehicles.

Supporters of the bill say that the overall intent is to help communities who are disproportionately impacted by the criminal justice system to avoid future interactions with police.

In testimony for the bill, Sen. Kayse Jama, (D-Portland) said:

“This is not an anti-law enforcement bill. It’s about transforming our law enforcement system into an inclusive one.”

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However, law enforcement officers and prosecutors state that the legislation will make Oregon roads less safe. Law enforcement groups say that officers can play an important safety role in alerting motorists when their lights are not working.

Some agencies even participate in a program that offers discount coupons so drivers can fix the problem without having to spend a large amount of money. Amanda Dalton, a lobbyist for the Oregon District Attorney’s Association, said in a written testimony:

“A car’s lights are what give those around them an awareness of their presence and a perception of the other car’s location in relation to their own. The lack of proper and functional lighting is especially hazardous on darker roads or in adverse weather conditions where visibility is limited.”

Joshua Wetzel, of the Oregon State Police Officers Association, told lawmakers that drivers’ brains are trained to perceive their distance from another vehicle by the space between its taillights. He added:

“Something as simple as an exposed white light from a broken taillight … can cause trailing drivers to respond differently.”

He said:

“One headlight not working could be likened to covering one eye 55 miles per hour or faster. Add in weather factors such as fog, rain or snow and this makes for a dangerous situation.”

Advocacy groups such as the Transforming Justice Coalition and Next Up Action Fund say that unnecessary interactions with police, such as stops for minor traffic violations, disproportionately affect persons of color.

Part of the goal of this bill is to reduce interactions that could escalate to violence.

Senate Bill 1510 is now scheduled for a work session where it could be amended or voted out of committee. The legislature’s budget committee would next have to approve the bill.

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Lawsuit: Democrat Oregon governor unlawfully commuting prison sentences, freeing nearly 1,000 inmates

January 22nd, 2022

PORTLAND, OR – Two Oregon district attorneys and the relatives of three homicide victims have filed a lawsuit accusing Gov. Kate Brown (D) of unlawfully freeing nearly 1,000 prisoners by granting clemency.

Gov. Brown stands accused of ignoring victim rights while granting clemency to inmates, Lane County District Attorney Patty Perlow and others argued in a legal petition filed Wednesday in Marion County Circuit Court.

The lawsuit primarily seeks to stop the early release of more than 70 people who committed crimes as juveniles, including murder, and are now eligible for parole under an executive order, and to force the Governor to follow clemency rules.

The lawsuit argues:

“Convicted criminals must initiate the process to seek forgiveness and state their case by demonstrating remorse, rehabilitation, and a desire and capability to reasonably re-enter society.”

Throughout the pandemic, the Department of Corrections provided Brown with lists of inmates who had less than six months on their sentence and met other conditions for early release.

The lists, according to the governor’s office, were designed to identify medically vulnerable inmates and move them out of congregate facilities where COVID-19 has frequently spread.

Perlow, along with Linn County DA Douglas Marteeny and four surviving victims, are asking the court to compel Brown, the Oregon Department of Corrections, the Oregon Youth Authority, and the state’s parole board to “comply with the law.”

The suit claims that the Democratic Governor failed to provide victim notification of the prisoner releases as required by clemency procedures. Monique DeSpain, a lawyer for the Kevin L. Mannix Salem-based law firm, which filed the case with Common Sense for Oregon on behalf of the plaintiffs, said:

“We are asking that the court compel the governor to follow the laws that are already in place.”

He argued that the pace of the clemencies demonstrated a disregard for sentencing laws in place:

“When they’re granted to the rate of nearly 1,000 commutations, then really it becomes a rewriting of sentencing laws.

“That is a lot of commutations that have been handed down.”

Los Angeles just decided cops need to explain in ridiculous detail why they pulled over potential criminals

Kevin Mannix, a former chair of the Oregon Republican Party, leads both the law firm and Common Sense.

The lawsuit accuses the Governor of breaking rules requiring individual commutation applications and unlawfully delegated her responsibilities to state agencies. DA Martenny said the legal action was not personal:

“This lawsuit is not personal on my . I believe our laws put limits on (Brown’s) actions. I am working to enforce those limits.”

Gov. Brown commuted the sentences of 912 people in custody who were deemed at heightened risk of contracting COVID-19, according to a June 2021 letter she sent to state lawmakers.

Those freed were medically vulnerable, had completed at least half their sentences, and were not serving time for crimes against people.

Brown also commuted the sentences of 41 people who fought the Labor Day 2020 wildfires that scorched the state in 2020., according to the June letter, which is cited in the lawsuit.

Those released did not “present an unacceptable safety, security, or compliance risk to the community,” the letter claimed.

Aliza Kaplan, a Lewis & Clark Law School professor involved in clemency applications, said the Governor’s actions were proper:

“The law is very clear on the governor’s power to grant clemency. She’s using it in the exact way it was intended by our founders,” Kaplan said. “There’s precedent for granting group clemency. It’s unfortunate that we have to all waste our time talking about this lawsuit.

“She’s using it in the exact way it should be used. These people have been punished significantly, and even in a place like prison, they have managed to rehabilitate themselves, and the governor is offering them mercy.”

The lawsuit also addresses concerns over offenders now made eligible for commutation for violent crimes they committed as juveniles.

In 2019, Oregon passed a law eliminating life sentences without parole for youth offenders. It also allowed them another hearing to review their case after serving half their sentences.

Following the law’s passage, the Governor signed an executive order allowing it to apply retroactively to juveniles convicted between 1988 and 2019.

The move has been criticized by multiple Oregon district attorneys, who called the move dangerous and traumatizing to the victims of their crimes.

The Governor’s Office declined to comment on the pending legislation.

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LET Unity Documents reveal Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has long-standing ties to Chinese Communist groups

August 27, 2021

SALEM, OR- Among governors in the United States, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is among the most inept.

This was proven this past week when in spite of all medical evidence to the contrary, Brown mandated masks be worn inside and outside in Oregon. Now we’re finding out that Brown has direct and longstanding ties to the Chinese Communist Party, according to National Pulse.

The outlet reports that Brown “has participated in events sponsored by Chinese Communist Party propaganda groups flagged by the U.S. State Department for ‘directly and malignly influenc[ing]’ American officials.”

Brown has deep ties to the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), which has been dubbed the “public face” of the United Front, as well as “avowedly an arm of the party-state.”

Recently uncovered documents show that Oregon Democrats have called for the cancellation of an upcoming event which features two of The National Pulse’s writers, Raheem Kassam and Natalie Winters because the outlet allegedly promotes “China-centric conspiracy theories” and “toxic beliefs.”

The Pulse reports that while the Oregon Democratic party attempts to silence reportage which focuses on the CCP, its most prominent member in the state—Brown—“recently established links with one of the regime’s chief influence groups abroad.”

This is, the outlet reports not really a new development. Brown has, it reports, “a long history of collaboration with groups tied to Beijing’s United Front Work Department.

What exactly is that?

The billion dollar group aims “to co-opt and neutralize sources of potential opposition to the policies and authority of its ruling Chinese Communist Party,” as well as to “influence foreign governments to take actions or adopt positions supportive of Beijing’s preferred policies,” the federal U.S.-China Security and Economic Review Commission writes.

Not only that but also United Front groups such as the China United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF) have also utilized tactics such as free trips to China in order to gain “favorable coverage” from mainstream media outlets, according to filings made under the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA).

Despite Oregon Democrats claims of a “China-centric conspiracy theory” by The National Pulse, that hardly seems to be the case.

In the case of Brown, in 2015 she attended the CPAFFC’s China-U.S. Governors Forum, which has been flagged by the State Department as having a “subversive influence” on U.S. politics:

“CPAFFC’s actions have undermined the Governors Forums’ original well-intentioned purpose.”

At the time, the CPAFFC was told by Brown that “Oregon hopes to enhance cooperation with China” at the event, where Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping was the featured speaker.

After the forum, Brown, along with five other governors, agreed to a deal with China to collaborate on “clean technology and economic development.

During a private meeting with CPAFFC Vice President Lin Yi in the months after the forum, Brown called Xi’s remarks “encouraging,” and pushed to “strengthen pragmatic cooperation with China in education, science, and technology, health tourism and sports.”

Governor Brown said it was her great honor to attend the Governor’s Forum held in Seattle last month. President Xi’s remarks were encouraging, and the Forum helped provide great opportunities for U.S.-China cooperation.

The State of Oregon regards China as the most important international partner and has willingness to strengthen pragmatic cooperation with China in education, science and technology, health, tourism and sports, etc.” 

 

 

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