• Mehserle’s lawyer seeks new trial (SF Chronicle)

    Johannes Mehserle’s lawyer asked a judge Monday to set aside the former BART police officer’s manslaughter conviction for shooting an unarmed passenger and order a new trial, saying new evidence of a similar shooting by a Kentucky policeman undercuts the prosecution’s case. Full story

    Here’s a report on the 2008 Kentucky shooting from the Kentucky Herald-Leader.

  • The mother of Issiah Downes, an inmate in San Francisco County Jail who suffocated while being restrained by sheriff’s deputies, is suing city for $50 million (SF Weekly) Coroner initially issued this seemingly contradictory statement, as reported by Chronicle:

    Hart’s office ruled that the manner of death was homicide but said that the ruling “does not relate to, or make any inference, as to any criminal activity or wrongdoing. It is an indication that, absent the actions of others, Mr. Downes would not have died at the time.”

  • Palo Alto, Atherton and Menlo Park launch new lawsuit against California High-Speed Rail Authority (Palo Alto Online)
  • The Bay Citizen reports that in light of last week’s police shooting of Michael Lee in a Tenderloin hotel, Marlene Tran, the public safety commissioner for Bayview and Ingleside, has been “urging the police to conduct an in-depth investigation” into a n Visitacion Valley shooting last year by officers of a “mentally disturbed new immigrant from China.”

  • Jury awards $175k to parolee and local Oakland rapper over gun-planting by OPD (SF Chronicle)

    Incidentally, according to KLAW’s The Informant, the City Attorney’s Office reported Oakland paid out $8.84 million to settle misconduct and brutality claims against the the city’s police department.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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