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Legal & Criminal Justice

New approach to mental health crises in San Mateo County [smdailyjournal.com]

County planning embedded clinicians for emergency responses By Zachary Clark Daily Journal staff Three San Mateo County police departments this year are expected to enter into a pilot program aimed at enhancing their response to mental health crises. The program will embed a full-time licensed mental health clinician within the San Mateo, South San Francisco and Redwood City police departments — there will likely be a total of four clinicians between the three cities — to respond along with...

Grand jury slams San Mateo County for letting private defender program languish while boosting DA’s budget [mercurynews.com]

By ALDO TOLEDO | atoledo@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: September 21, 2020 at 3:54 p.m. | UPDATED: September 21, 2020 at 3:55 p.m. REDWOOD CITY — San Mateo County has been spending a lot more money to prosecute suspected criminals than to defend them, according to a San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury report. To even the playing field, the grand jury is recommending that the county thoroughly review the program’s effectiveness with an eye toward bolstering its budget or...

For Mothers Of Black Children With Disabilities, Living With Twice The Fear [forbes.com]

Allison Norlian Jun 9, 2020, 09:44am EDT Kim Kaiser’s son was 10 years old when she first spoke with him about the challenges he’d face as a black man with disabilities. It’s a conversation they’ve continued every day since, and it covers a little bit of everything. How should he act in public? Where should he put his hands? How should he respond if police stop him? What type of people should he avoid? In the days following George Floyd’s death, Kaiser was careful to speak with her son about...

Inspired by Black Lives Matter, BART will de-emphasize police for homelessness and drug use calls [sfchronicle.com]

Rachel Swan June 26, 2020 BART plans to shift police away from calls related to homelessness, drug use and mental health crises as the transit agency heeds reform calls from the Black Lives Matter movement. Over the next three months, the Board of Directors will work with General Manager Bob Powers to change the transit agency’s law enforcement model, emphasizing social services instead of officers with guns. Four progressive directors introduced the plan as an amendment to BART’s 2021...

San Mateo County voted to recognize Black Lives Matter, then OKd 310 more Tasers [LAtimes.com]

By SUSANNE RUST STAFF WRITER JUNE 27, 2020 MENLO PARK — As Bay Area communities adopt resolutions supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, one Silicon Valley county this week voted to stockpile its Sheriff’s Department with nearly $1 million in new Taser guns. On Wednesday, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved a budget that includes the purchase of 310 new Tasers. The approval of the Taser purchase is coming under fire, in part because it occurred just minutes after the...

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