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Mayor Adjourns City Council Meeting About Protest Arrests After Disruptive Individual

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The Sacramento City Council heard information about the 84 Stephon Clark protest arrests from Sacramento Police and the Office of Public Safety Accountability Tuesday.

The meeting was cut short when an individual reportedly spoke over others and prevented business to proceed.

Mayor Darrell Steinberg said the city council’s responsibility to listen and engage with the public became “impossible” at the meeting. The meeting was adjourned after an individual “drowned out anyone else who tried to speak,” Steinberg said.

The Mayor said he “exercised restraint in not having this individual arrested because I believe that arresting and forcibly removing him would cause a greater danger in the chambers and could potentially inflame an already tense situation in our community.”

The city council is not taking “assertive actions” to prevent individuals who disrupt council business from entering the chambers.

Before the interruption, Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn and Deputy Chief Dave Paletta spoke to the City Council, explaining why officers arrested 84 people during a Stephon Clark protest in East Sacramento.

Hahn said protests have challenged the department over the last year, but he praised how his officers have handled them.

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“The line level staff, those officers and dispatchers, performed admirably and in a professional manner. The facts bear this out. Over the last year, including last Monday, there have not been any fatal injuries, near-fatal injuries, mass property damage such as burning buildings and cars or mass looting, all of which we have seen in other cities around our country,” Hahn said.

Paletta said police made the arrests in order to protect the neighborhood. He said investigators still have 1,600 hours of body camera video to get through.

District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert decided to not press charges against the 84 people arrested last week.

DATS users claim Edmonton transit service is getting worse: ‘I feel like we’re second class citizens’

Aleem Jaffer relies on DATS to get around in Edmonton. He uses a wheelchair and needs the transit service every day to get to work. While Jaffer says DATS has always been imperfect, he now calls the system broken. “I’ve been taking DATS for a long time but this is the worst it has ever…

Chicago Poised To Pay $5.25 Million In Police Torture Case

CHICAGO (AP) — The price tag of a police torture scandal that’s already cost Chicago more than $100 million will likely grow after city attorneys recommended paying $5.25 million to a man who alleges he was beaten into confessing to a murder he didn’t commit.

The recommendation to settle Alonzo Smith’s wrongful conviction lawsuit is expected to be followed by the City Council next week, following a pattern that has seen dozens of men who alleged torture by detectives under the command of former Commander Jon Burge from 1972 to 1991 win jury awards and settlements from the city.

Smith spent about 20 years in prison for a 1983 slaying before his conviction was dismissed.

Burge was convicted in 2011 of lying in a civil case about his actions. He died last year.

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Ald. Joe Moreno Loses His 1st Ward Seat to Daniel La Spata

CHICAGO (CBS) — The 1st Ward alderman on the city’s North Side will be Daniel La Spata.

Joe Moreno, who has been the alderman for the 1st Ward since 2011, was challenged by Daniel La Spata and a write-in candidate Justin Tucker.

Recently Moreno had been in the news for filing a police report on a stolen car. Moreno later admitted was a misunderstanding between himself and a girlfriend who said she was allowed to borrow his vehicle.

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La Spata has had troubles of his own. Earlier this month, it was revealed that a controversial photo of La Spata surfaced where he’s dressed in a banana costume, his friends in monkey masks, joined by a group of African American children.

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The 1st Ward sits in the northern part of the city and includes sections of West Town, Wicker Park, Logan Square.