Robert Fuller's Death in Palmdale
We start today an hour away from Los Angeles in Palmdale. The Black community is mourning and demanding answers about the death of 24-year-old Robert Fuller, whose body was found last Wednesday hanging from a tree in a park next to City Hall. City officials and law enforcement have said that Fuller may have died by suicide. An investigation is now underway. That's sparked anger about how Fuller's death is being handled by authorities, and some fear that Fuller was a victim of a hate crime. Hundreds turned out for protests this weekend.
- Josie Huang, KPCC's Asian American Communities Correspondent
The U.S. Supreme Court today made two important rulings, one involving California's sanctuary state law and the other dealing with LGBTQ workplace protections.
- Jennifer Chacon, UCLA Law Professor
San Francisco Police Reforms
With calls to defund the police have grown louder in recent weeks. Sparking debate over just how such an arrangement might look. Well, last week, San Francisco mayor, London Breed made a proposal to change the nature of policing in her city. Among the ideas is replacing armed police with non-armed, trained responders in the case of non-criminal activity. Now, some are wondering if her proposal might be a model for other cities like LA.
- Alex Emslie, KQED Criminal Justice Reporter
Coronavirus Mask Fights
As California opens up, wearing masks has become increasingly controversial in some places, and guidance from public health officials hasn't gotten any less confusing. Meanwhile, businesses are having to make uncomfortable decisions about how to enforce the rules among staff and clients.
- Jackie Fortier, KPCC's Health Reporter
- Emily Guerin, KPCC's Senior Environment Reporter
COVID-19 remains a major concern in Southern California - including in Orange County. Officials there no longer require the use of masks… all while deaths continue to mount. We get to the latest on what's happening in Orange County.
- Nick Gerda, Voice of OC Writer
Recyclables amid the Pandemic
When health authorities ordered Angelenos to stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the result was -- garbage – A lot of it. Recyclables piled up, too. But at the same time, many sorting plants were closed. too. So what happened to all those cans, bottles and cardboard? For a few weeks, they ended up in the landfill.
- Sharon McNary, KPCC's Infrastructure Correspondent
Autry Museum: Black Lives Matter Protests
Last month we spoke with The Autry's associate curator Tyree Boyd Pates about the museum's Collecting Community History Initiative, which called on folks to submit stories, photos, recipes, journals….anything that painted a picture of what life was like during the pandemic. But now, as we enter day 20 of protests, the initiative is widening its scope to include photographs, posters, and other ephemera to document the movement for Black Lives across the world.
- Tyree Boyd-Pates, Associate Curator for The Autry Museum