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“No one is saying the city should not remove trash, but when we’re seeing MacBook Pros, that’s just straight up targeting of unhoused people.”

Zal K. Shroff, senior attorney with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, regarding the lawsuit that was filed against San Francisco to demand that the city stop harassing and destroying the belongings of people living on the streets. (Associated Press — Sept. 28, 2022)

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  • New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson, regarding the department’s decision to hire civilians to perform some tasks, such as monitoring phone and online reports, issuing traffic citations and surveying major events, to reduce the current workload on its officers. The city is looking to hire between 50 and 75 civilians. (NPR — Sept. 26, 2022)
  • Javier Cazares, the father of a 9-year-old girl who was killed in the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, earlier this year, regarding his frustration with Gov. Greg Abbott’s lack of action to stop gun violence. Cazares is one of several parents who have been mobilized by the Uvalde shooting and are now running for office in an effort to make changes and, hopefully, prevent future mass shootings. (KUT — Sept. 20, 2022)
  • Erin Christensen, of Maddock, N.D., regarding her arrest and the euthanasia of a wild raccoon, that Christensen had named Rocky, after Christensen brought Rocky into a bar and prompted state health officials to issue a warning about potential rabies exposure. It is illegal to keep a wild racoon under North Dakota Board of Animal Health laws. Christensen is charged with misdemeanor counts which could amount to two years in jail and $7,500 in fines. (Associated Press — Sept. 22, 2022)
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