The California Department of Justice will become the first statewide agency to use body cameras. Attorney General Kamala Harris released a 90-day internal review she ordered amid a spate of alleged racial bias and police violence. “Part of what we are doing today is being transparent,” Harris said.
UC Davis chemist David Snyder triggered a January 2013 blast at his apartment. Snyder now serving a sentence in Yolo County jail. A judge orders him to pay nearly $100,000 to a property manager and to UC Davis.
A Sacramento judge said she will reject a challenge to the federal government’s classification of marijuana as one of the most dangerous street drugs. The remarks of U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller were made during a brief status conference. The case involves 16 individuals indicted in October 2011 on charges of conspiring to manufacture at least 1,000 marijuana plants in Tehama and Trinity counties.
Officer Harminder Phagura was one of two people arrested Wednesday on federal charges. The complaint accuses them of conspiring to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute, and use of a communication facility in narcotics trafficking activity. Shawna Pavey, operations support manager for the Yuba City Police Department, said Harminder Phagura has been placed on administrative leave.
Porche Wright, the Sacramento woman suspected of setting fire to her 7-year-old daughter after dousing her with gasoline, will return to Sacramento Superior Court April 30, after attorneys Wednesday asked to delay her hearing.