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An administrative body in Los Angeles issued a mixed ruling in the shooting death of an unarmed Black man, finding that one officer was justified in his shooting but that the other had violated department policy.  The incident occurred after officers tried to restrain the man and he allegedly reach for one of the officer’s gun. 
The Texas police officer caught on video pointing guns at unarmed teens at a pool party has resigned.  The chief of police said the officer was “out of control” after video of him yelling and cursing at teens, and even manhandling and restraining some of them was posted on line.  The teens were at a pool party when neighbors called police to complain about the number of teens at the party.
Miami Beach will become the first city in the U.S. to supply certain public workers with body cameras.  The City Commissioners have moved to provide funding to equip workers in parking enforcement, fire and building inspection and other departments, with body cameras.  Introducing the body cameras, according to the City Manager will improve customer service as well as deter illegal activities.
The Department of Health and Human Services is extending a grant to states to utilize a pilot program that improves the foster placement process.  The National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise (NEICE) allows states to exchange information quickly to facilitate interstate foster placement.  So far six states have participated in the program and found the time it took to place children across state lines decreased by 20 to 40 percent.
The New Jersey Supreme Court has held that the governor and the legislature do not have to fulfill the promise to fund the public pensions after Governor Chris Christie vowed to do so.  The governor argued that funding the pensions would lead to a hug fiscal crisis.  The Supreme Court, with reluctance, agreed stating it would violate the debt limitation clause in the New Jersey constitution.
Louisiana is poised to become the 24th state to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana.  The measure is expected to be signed by the Governor Bobby Jindal.  Despite legalizing its use, there is no law that allows for the release of medical marijuana in the state.
In Alabama, in an area known as the Black Belt, community members and advocates are calling attention to the county’s lack of a proper sewage and drainage system which often leads to flooding.  In instances of heavy storms, many residents find their lawns and yards flooded by raw sewage.  This overrun of raw sewage in addition to creating damage is also leading to an increase in parasites impacting community health.
Nebraska has become the first conservative state in 40 years to ban the death penalty.  In a 30-19 vote, the Senate voted to override the governor’s veto ending the death penalty, which had not been used in Nebraska since 1997.
The governor of Texas has signed a new law that would create a grant program for school districts that augment their pre-Kindergarten programs.  The measure is aimed at school districts that are dedicated to improving resources for students from low-income, non-English-speaking, and military families.
The Washington Post is in the process of compiling a database of officer-involved shootings for 2015.  Thus far, the Post has found that half of all deaths were white individuals.  However, when it came down to unarmed suspects, 2/3 of them were Black or Hispanic.