Law & Disorder

SF Mayor’s latest scandal; Bay Area officers fail psych evals; New documentary on Fantastic Negrito; and More!

After an internal audit of the Alameda Sheriffs Department revealed that 47 officers had failed a psychological exam that should have prevented them from being hired – the state entity Police Officer Standards and Training or POST is now leading an audit on the psychological exams of hundreds of law enforcement officers in San Francisco. We speak with Jonah Owen Lamb, Senior Reporter at the San Francisco Standard

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We take a look at San Francisco’s ongoing political scandal, where Mayor London Breed’s office has apparently forced appointees in all kinds of positions to submit undated resignation letters at the time of their appointment. We speak with Tim Redmond, founder of 48 hills ( Tim has been a political and investigative reporter in San Francisco for more than 30 years. He spent much of that time as executive editor of the Bay Guardian.

We also speak with Tim Redmond about the recent death of legendary San Francisco-based police accountability activist John Crew.

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There is a new film out about Oakland’s own – the legendary Fantastic Negrito; and you can check it out this weekend in Berkeley or Marin as part of the film’s premiere in the Mill Valley Film Festival. Were joined by the films co-director Yvan Iturriaga.

Yvan Iturriaga is an Oakland-based director and writer who spent his childhood border crossing through Latin America, living in the extended Chilean exile community. He co-founded Offsides production company and filmed the original web series The North Pole.

Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?” is a window into Fantastic Negrito’s rollercoaster life story and the intersection of mental health, race, and the blues. Breaking the stigmas associated with mental illness, the story invites us to look at the social injustices behind our individual traumas – from domestic violence and mass shootings to toxic masculinity and 500 years of institutional racism.

Featuring Negrito’s award-winning music that has taken him from the streets of West Oakland to packed concert halls around the world, the documentary shows us how we can transform our pain into power and possibility.

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