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Judge Orders Special Prosecutor to Look Into Dismissal of Smollett Case

“There was no master on the bridge to guide the ship as it floundered through uncharted waters, and it ultimately lost its bearings,” Toomin wrote in the 21-page opinion. “... The unprecedented irregularities identified in this case warrants the appointment of independent counsel to restore the public’s confidence in the integrity of our criminal justice system.”

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California Legislature Passes Bill on De-Escalation, Use of Force Policies

If the bill becomes law, police agencies would have to adhere to statewide requirements that officers be instructed in ways to de-escalate confrontations. Officers would also be required to receive training in dealing with individuals who are homeless, mentally ill, in distress, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.