Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha & CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk & Special Guests Steven Greenhut, and Mark Cabaniss

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October 18, 2011:  Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com, welcome CalWatchDog’s editor in chief Steven Greenhut, and former public defender and DA  Mark Cabaniss.   

We’ll ask Steve about the news, from bad to worse concerning California’s fiscal crisis, and the battle over what to do about it. 

We’ll ask Mark what he thinks about District Attorney Raukaukus’s choice to only charge two of the six officers involved in the murder, and what he makes of the charges the DA did hand down.

KFI’s John and Ken host the number one drive time show in the country, second to New York City market in numbers, and first in monetized market share.  Love ’em or hate ’em, if you’re in radio, you wish you had their numbers.

They’re populist and some of their political rants and perspectives line up well with the principles of liberty, sound fiscal policy and limited government that doesn’t infringe on a healthy entrepreneurial class, the middle class, the small business class.

Some of their ideas are reactionary. But that’s another topic. Tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct 19th, they are going to Fullerton, CA to support the recall of three sitting City Council members who make up the majority of the City of Fullerton’s City Council, and their reason is spot on for all the latter perspectives about their populism.

The issue that brought this recall into being was the police brutality against and murder of Kelly Thomas, a 37 year old 135 pound schizophrenic homeless man who also happened to be son of a former Orange County deputy sheriff and a loving caring father. The reason this case was not buried under the rug as so many police brutality cases and sometimes even the murder of a detained person or prisoner are, was the forming of an alliance between Kelly Thomas’s father and the writers of a local and popular blog called Friends for Fullerton’s Future.

Guest, Mark Cabaniss, who lives in the Sacramento area in Northern CA, is a former DA and a public defender. He has written on this case on at least three separate occasions and his pieces have been published at CalWatchDog, Friends For Fullerton’s Future Blog, the Greater LongBeach.com online news publication, and other publications. You can find a compilation of his works on this issue here.
Each of the different op-eds he wrote on this case appeared is various different publications but are only listed here one time.

Tonight we’ll ask Mark to explain to us what he thinks about District Attorney Raukaukus’s choice to only charge two of the six officers involved in the murder, and what he makes of the charges the DA did hand down. L.A. Times Blog reported the D.A.’s charges like this:

Two Fullerton police officers have been criminally charged in the violent confrontation that left a homeless man dead, Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas announced Wednesday.

Officer Manuel Ramos has been charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in connection with the beating of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas, a homeless schizophrenic man. Officer Jay Cicinelli has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force.

Are the charges fair?  Can the public expect justice be served?   Yes or no, and why? 

Special guest, Steven Greenhut, studies, writes and speaks about public policy.  In addition to being editor and chief of, and regular contributor to CalWatchDog.com,  he regularly contributes columns to online and hard copy publications, including the Opinion section of the O.C. Register, and the hard copy of City Journal.  He has authored two powerful books on abuse of the public trust in public policy: Abuse of Power: How the Government Misuses Eminent Domain , and his most current, Plunder: How Public Employee Unions are Raiding Treasuries, Controlling Our Lives and Bankrupting the Nation .

We’ll talk with Steve about as much as we can and have time for, concerning the ongoing battle between citizens who want to reign in the costs, power and burdens of the Public Sector in California, and those who defend the status quo, and are pushing to up the costs of sustaining the current paradigm onto the tax payers, in terms of raising taxes, and reforming or diluting Proposition 13, raising fees,  and further restricting citizens in cities or municipalities from enacting reforms at the local level to cut down the costs of their public sector services, employees, benefits and retirement pay.

Steve lived in Southern California until recently, and worked as an editor for the Opinion Section of the Orange County Register and their blog. He wrote a lot on police practices during his tenure at the O.C. Register and has much insight to share with us on the issue of the Kelly Thomas case, the DA’s charges, and the policy, politics and practices that enable police and sheriff Departments to develop into a culture of abusive practices.

Other related links:
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Departing DeVore Zings Union Ally Spitzer Silencing Local Gov’t Truth-Teller

Merging cities: ‘Out of the mainstream’?

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Convicting an officer is a tough challenge, experts say: Jurors are usually sympathetic toward police officers and even when prosecutors get a conviction, the sentence may be reduced.

Baca says he was out of touch with county’s jails: The Los Angeles County sheriff said he failed to implement important reforms that could have minimized brutality. He also said his command staff has at times left him in the dark about jail conditions.

30 jailers punished for inmate beatings, report says: Sheriff’s Department watchdog releases study on inmate abuse. Sheriff Baca plans to install more video cameras in jail to document misconduct.

L.A. County deputy says he was forced to beat mentally ill inmate: The rookie, top recruit in his class, resigned after the incident, which he said was covered up. The deputy’s supervisor was allegedly threatened by the young man’s uncle, a sheriff’s detective.

L.A. County jail guards aid drug trading, sources say: Inmates pay to get narcotics and other contraband through deputies. Baca says guards’ financial hardships are usually involved.

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Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha & CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk & Special Guest Jack Dean, Publisher of PensionTsunami.com

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September 27, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com  welcome Jack Dean of Pension Tsunami for a lively discussion on what the looters of America are up to and getting away with like it or not. 

  CA hits a new record at 12.1 percent unemployment level and Sacramento proves to be an island where unemployment numbers are down.  Meanwhile for our government employees, it’s business as usual.  John Seiler will walk us through a myriad of bills the CA Legislature passed this session, over 600 bills, but we’ll stick to the most egregious, expensive and job killing ones the Governor has signed into law. 

With Jack Dean we’ll look at Public Employee pension costs, their impact on local communities up and down the state, and a few notables in the news lately across the country.
 

We also want to touch on the fatal beating of 37 year old homeless schizophrenic, Kelly Thomas, at the hands of 6 City of Fullerton police officers.   What lessons do we take from this case?   What happens next?  How do citizens expose corruption in their communities?

Related Links: 
From CalWatchDog.com:

In this CalWatchDog.com blog post on Sept21, Steven Greenhut writes Brown Says It All.  

Speaking to a group of government officials and law enforcement leaders in Sacramento today, Gov. Jerry Brown reassured them that there will be plenty of money to implement the realignment plan that shifts responsibility from the bureaucratic and incompetent state corrections department to slightly less bureaucratic and slightly less incompetent county governments. He pledged to back a November 2012 initiative toward that end,… Brown said one thing that epitomizes the state Capitol: “Don’t worry about the money. We’ll get it to you one way or the other.”

In this piece, Brown Continues Attack on Jobs,  John Seiler writes Gov. Jerry Brown remains unfazed by California’s accelerating economic decline.

Brown’s Government Expansion Project 
In this piece published yesterday, Katy Grimes reports:

Many in the state say that Gov. Jerry Brown has demonstrated a propensity for doing things his way, even if it means bucking his own party. But what Brown really has shown a gift for is expanding government.

Faced with 600 potential new laws sent to him in bill form by the state Legislature, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown appears only to be prolonging the insecurity and uncertainty in California with his bill-signing pen.

A few good vetoes along the way have gotten more headlines than the impact of what he has signed into law.

Here are just 7 of the 10 entries at Pension Tsunami today.  The other three are no less compelling, but I am sure you get the picture from this  sample list below:

For related links to some of the stories we’ll discuss related to the Kelly Thomas murder and what lessons we can take to heart from this story and how it is unfolding, see this post here:

Police Abuse of Power: Peace Officers need to be held to higher standards, not granted secrecy, immunity and leeway to use violence against the citizenry.

  
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CalWatchDog’s
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Police Abuse of Power: Peace Officers need to be held to higher standards, not granted secrecy, immunity and leeway to use violence against the citizenry.

The examples of Violence committed against citizens by peace officers is alarming.

First we need to expose it, and make common knowledge of how pervasive it is.

Then we need to demand of our public officials that this pattern of violence and abuse be corrected so that we may rest assured that all of us, our children, or neighbors, and our communities are not in danger of being abused or even murdered by our police forces.

Here are a few examples of police abuse of power and casual use of violence against the citizenry: 

The fatal beating of Kelly Thomas, a schizophrenic drifter who was allegedly beaten to death by Fullerton, California police officers:

Cops Vs. Cameras: The Killing of Kelly Thomas & The Power of New Media NOTE: Because of violent images, viewer discretion is advised.

Student beaten by cops in College Park, Maryland

Two Officers Indicted In Beating Of Univ. Of Md. Student (includes video clip of beating)

Two officers indicted in Md. college student beating

A step toward justice in UM student beating  

Mace used on Wall Street protesters Both include video of police using mace on non-violent protesters:  (while I don’t agree with their politics and desired outcomes, I don’t support using this kind of violence against citizens who are exercising their First Amendment rights. 
Neither should you.   


MSNBC Interviews Occupy Wall Street Protester Kelly Heresy

Police crack down on ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protests

Months after a Connecticut man died shortly after being in the custody of Westerly police, the Connecticut Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death a homicide.

State probes man’s death after arrest Ryan O’Loughlin Death Ruled Homicide; Died after Police Custody (with video)

Family alleges man who died was beaten by Westerly PD

Navy veteran’s death after arrest in Westerly called homicide

  There are thousands of cases more out there.   Let’s support peace officers who want to be Peace Officers by shining a light of day on those officers who abuse the public trust and violate the public’s right to be secure and safe in the presence of police “peace” officers.