On this episode of WTF California, we highlight how the media is anti-police given the recent coverage of the Antioch Police Department. We discuss Police Chief Tammany Brooks press conference. California counties moving into red tier. Texas reopens. Berkeley elected officials come to defense of teachers union president. LA Mayor gets veto over police budget cuts plus more.
- UPDATE: Antioch Police Deny Officers Kneeled on Neck of Navy Vet During Arrest
ANTIOCH (CBS SF/AP) — Police officials in Antioch on Tuesday denied that officers kneeled on the neck of a man who died after being taken into custody late last year. 30-year-old Angelo Quinto became unresponsive after being handcuffed and taken into custody during an incident last December 23rd. He later died at the hospital.
- VIDEO: Antioch Police Department Press Conference
Video & Transcript from the Press Conference at Antioch Police headquarters with Chief Tammany Brooks.
- San Francisco, Santa Clara and Napa hit red tier with 13 other California counties
SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco, Santa Clara and Napa counties are in the red. Two other Bay Area counties – Napa and Santa Clara – also got lifted into the red tier. The state said that El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, and San Luis Obispo counties also moved in the red on Tuesday.
- East Contra Costa County Lags on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
On Tuesday, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors showed concern for the inequity in COVID-19 vaccination for East Contra Costa County. The county also anticipates moving into the red tier within two weeks.
- Biden vows enough vaccine for all US adults by end of May
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said the U.S. expects to take delivery of enough coronavirus vaccine for all adults by the end of May — two months earlier than anticipated — and he pushed states to get at least one shot into the arms of teachers by the end of March to hasten school reopenings.
- Governor Abbott Lifts Mask Mandate, Opens Texas 100 Percent
Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order (GA-34) lifting the mask mandate in Texas and increasing capacity of all businesses and facilities in the state to 100 percent. The Governor made the announcement at Montelongo’s Mexican Restaurant in Lubbock in an address to the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce.
- Berkeley officials call out viral teacher video as ‘stalking,’ ‘harassment’
Public officials are calling out a video shared online of the teachers union president dropping his child off at a school as “stalking” and “harassment.”
- City Council Vetoes LA Mayor’s Override Of Spending Plan For LAPD Funds
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to veto the mayor’s override of a spending plan to redirect some funds from the LAPD to social programs. The initial plan would have redirected $88 million from the LAPD budget to youth and recreation programs, neighborhood beautification programs and some nonprofits.
- Californians need higher wages and better jobs, says report highlighting state’s widening inequality
California’s high poverty rate, low wages and frayed public safety net require a new “social compact” between workers, business and government, according to a report by a blue-ribbon commission that highlights the state’s widening inequality. In a report released Tuesday, the Future of Work Commission, a 21-member body appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in August 2019, laid out a grim picture of the challenges facing the world’s fifth-largest economy, even as it acknowledged the Golden State’s technology leadership, its ethnically and culturally diverse workforce and world-class universities.
- 13 killed when SUV carrying 25 collides with semi-truck near US-Mexico border
HOLTVILLE, Calif. — Thirteen people were killed Tuesday when an SUV carrying 25 people collided with a semi-truck in Imperial County, authorities said.
- No charges for ‘vigilante’ Chinatown store owner who fired gun at Oakland robbery suspects
OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) – The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday announced charges will not be filed against a man who fired shots at several suspects trying to rob a woman across the street from his store in Chinatown last month. In a statement, District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said no charges would be filed based on Aaron Yee’s “justifiable use of force to defend the victim from a violent attack.”
- Hate crimes against Asian Americans rose sharply in L.A. in 2020, mirroring national trend
According to a report presented to the Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday, there were 15 anti-Asian hate crimes reported in the city in 2020, compared with seven in 2019, marking a 114% increase.
- Fremont police release new details after 4 teens fire at officers
FREMONT, Calif. – Fremont police are releasing new details about shots that were fired at police officers last month. Police said they pulled over a car that was reported stolen on Feb. 9. When the driver finally stopped the car, four teenagers jumped out and ran away into a field, shooting at the police officers chasing them, officers said.
- New lawsuit alleges L.A., Santa Monica, Beverly Hills used curfews to crush legitimate protest
More than 40 people arrested in Los Angeles County for curfew violations during last summer’s mass protests have alleged in a new lawsuit that the curfews were an unconstitutional and coordinated tactic by the county, several local cities and their police forces to stifle legitimate political speech against police violence.
- California Democrat asks Twitter, Facebook to ban Robert F. Kennedy Jr. over vaccine posts
California state Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, is calling on Twitter and Facebook to ban high-profile anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. from their platforms as part of a national campaign to encourage vaccination against COVID-19.
- State to snuff out agricultural burns in the San Joaquin Valley
SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, Calif. — The California Air Resources Board (CARB) calls a recent decision they made to “phase down” agricultural burning to near zero by Jan. 1, 2025, a delicate balance between protecting public health, and recognizing the economic impacts of San Joaquin Valley farmers.
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