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Secretive Vallejo police clique celebrated fatal shootings by officers; Plus, Congress lets additional unemployment benefits lapse, as workers face claims delays

Steve Darden, a member of the Vallejo Police Department Honor Guard, is seen at the swearing-in ceremony for Chief Shawny Williams on Nov. 12, 2019. He has participated in four fatal shootings, two as a primary shooter. Darden was promoted to lieutenant in February.

A Vallejo police sergeant’s badge is bent to indicate fatal shootings of civilians, a new investigation by Open Vallejo says. Photo by Geoff King for Open Vallejo.

On this show:

0:08 – For Mondays with Mitch, Cat Brooks and Brian Edwards-Tiekert chat with Mitch Jeserich, host of Letters & Politics weekdays at 10.

0:34 – John Swartzberg is clinical professor emeritus of infectious diseases at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health.

1:08 – Congress just let the $600-per-week additional unemployment insurance relief lapse, as Covid-19 continues to rage in the U.S. An analysis by the California Budget and Policy Center says Black and brown Californians are most affected by this. We talk with Chris Hoene (@ChrisWHoene), executive director of the California Budget and Policy Center. Read their latest article: “Congress’ Failure to Extend UI is an Economic Attack on Workers & Families, Particularly Black & Brown Californians… Here’s How We Know.”

1:17 – Even if Congress decided to reinstate the $600-per-week additional unemployment benefit, it could take four weeks to take effect, because of the staffing and technology limitations of state unemployment processing. Delays have already affected millions of claims. We talk with Michele Evermore (@EvermoreMichele), senior policy analyst at the National Employment Law Project in Washington, D.C.

1:39 – A stunning nine-month investigation from a new nonprofit newsroom Open Vallejo has revealed details about a secretive Vallejo police clique that celebrated fatal shootings of civilians by officers. Geoffrey King is an attorney and journalist, and founder of Open Vallejo. Read the investigation here.

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