Judge Orders Release of Video in Fatal San Diego Police Shooting

by Ed Krayewski – Fridoon Rawshan Nehad was shot once in the chest by a cop who said he had no doubt Nehad, found with a pen, was going to stab him In April, Officer Neal Browder of the San Diego Police Department shot Fridoon Rawshan Nehad from 20 feet away once in the chest afterresponding to a call about a knife-wielding transient threatening a porn shop clerk who told him he couldn’t sleep in the alley behind the store. Browder did not turn on his body camera before leaving his vehicle, but part of the incident was caught on a nearby surveillance camera. Authorities seized the footage as part of their investigation, and in November the district attorney decided not to pursue charges against the officers. The district attorney, Bonnie Dumanis, resisted releasing the footage but was required to after a judge sided with local media outlets and lifted a...

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Cop Issues Citation to Man in Wheelchair for Not Having Proof of Disability

San Diego, Calif. – In a telling display of law enforcement’s lack of common sense, Joey Canales, 31, had his transit pass seized by a transit cop prior to boarding the trolley. The cop’s reason for seizing Canales’ transit pass was that the man, who’s been disabled since he was born, did not have written proof that he was truly disabled. Apparently, the fact that Canales was in a wheelchair was not convincing enough. A stunned Canales recorded the encounter as the officer confiscated his bus pass and proceeded to write him a citation. He can be heard on video incredulously saying, “It’s his job to confiscate my card because I don’t have sufficient proof I’m disabled. Obviously I am. I’ve been disabled since I was three days old.” What is most disheartening is that Canales uses the transit system to get to work and without his pass will be...

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San Diego Sues Monsanto for Polluting Bay With Banned Carcinogenic Chemicals

Suit says toxins ‘identified in tissues of fish, lobsters, and other marine life’ By Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams – San Diego authorities filed a lawsuit on Monday against the agrochemical giant Monsanto, accusing the corporation of polluting the city’s Bay with carcinogenic chemicals that are so dangerous to human health they were banned in the U.S. more than 30 years ago. The lawsuit was filed in federal court by City of San Diego and San Diego Unified Port District and focuses on Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs). “PCBs manufactured by Monsanto have been found in bay sediments and water and have been identified in tissues of fish, lobsters, and other marine life in the Bay,” the complaint reads. “PCB contamination in and around the Bay affects all San Diegans and visitors who enjoy the Bay, who reasonably would be disturbed by the presence of a hazardous, banned substance in the sediment, water, and wildlife,” the...

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