A Close Look Into The Mental Health And Disciplinary History Of A California Police Officer
The Sacramento Bee delves into the case of Los Banos police Officer Jairo Acosta, who had PTSD after his Army service that he didn't report to his superiors. After he shot a mentally ill man, he was still allowed to remain on the force.
An Officer With PTSD Shot A Mentally Ill Man. He’s Still On The Force.
In California, the privacy of law enforcement personnel is closely guarded by the Police Officers’ Bill of Rights – a protection that was hotly debated in the state Legislature this year after the high-profile shooting of Stephon Clark in Sacramento. The Legislature recently passed Senate Bill 1421, which would would force law enforcement agencies to release the details of use-of-force investigations, as well as personnel records of cops who commit crimes while on duty. The bill is on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. (Sullivan, 9/10)
In other news from across the state —
CareForce Offering Free Medical Clinic Sept. 21-23
If you’re one of the approximated 112,000 people in the Sacramento area with little or no health insurance, a California volunteer group wants to help you see a doctor. Between Sept. 21 and 23, California CareForce, a charitable branch of the California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, in partnership with local nonprofits and health care professionals, is providing a clinic at Cal Expo to offer free dental, vision and medical care to individuals and families in the region, according to a press release. (Wilson, 9/5)
The Bakersfield Californian:
Rosedale School District Beefs Up Lunch Program
Students in the Rosedale Union School District may have noticed a few changes to their lunch menu this year. The district is making some significant changes to its meal program, including partnering with the Kern High School District to provide fresher meals to students. Since the start of the new school year, KHSD has been making the food and delivering it to the schools. (Luiz, 9/8)
The Desert Sun:
Autistic 19-Year-Old Handcuffed And Injured After Run-In With La Quinta Police
Since she was a child Michelle Chartrand, who is on the autism spectrum, has struggled with academics, but her memory has always been sharp. That’s why the 19-year-old's mother said she believes her daughter's account of an encounter with sheriff's deputies that left the young woman with a cherry-red wound across her forehead and nose. (Hong, 9/7)