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You’re still surprised by pedophile priests? Here’s how to stop them

The latest scandal to rock the Catholic Church raises the question of what can be done to prevent pedophile priests from sexually abusing those who follow them blindly. The answer that Bishop Jaime Soto of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento found was to hew to the law over that loyalty and, regrettably, he found this path after erring in his judgment of a colleague, Andrew Christian Andersen, in Orange County years ago.

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Who is Rick Braziel? A thorn to Sheriff Jones with a mission to save lives

All Sacramento County Inspector General Rick Braziel wants to do is save lives and help law enforcement improve how it handles lethal force, and in doing so has drawn the ire of Sheriff Scott Jones in the case Mikel McIntyre, gunned down more than a year ago by deputies firing at him on the shoulder of Highway 50 near Zinfandel Drive. Jones says Braziel is not an expert. He is.

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He threw a rock, deputies shot and killed him. Right or wrong? What is taking so long?

Three Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies on May 8, 2017, shot and killed 32-year-old Mikel Laney McIntrye, an African American man, near the Zinfandel Drive overpass of Highway 50. One deputy – Gabriel Rodriguez – fired 19 shots. Fourteen months later, even with a report by an independent inspector general – former Sacramento Police Chief, Rick Braziel – the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office has not released its findings as to whether the shooting was justified.

‘The letter was stupid and naive.’ Bishop Soto’s regret for supporting convicted priest

In 1986, then-auxiliary bishop Jaime Soto wrote a letter of support for his former classmate Chris Andersen after he was convicted on 26 felony counts of child molestation. Now, as bishop of the Sacramento Diocese, Soto talks about his regrets.