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Robert Fuller's Death in Palmdale, SCOTUS Update, Autry Museum: Black Lives Matter Protests




LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 14: Protesters gather for the All Black Lives Matter Solidarity March on June 14, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Anti-racism and police brutality protests continue to be held in cities throughout the country over the death of George Floyd, who was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25th. (Photo by Sarah Morris/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 14: Protesters gather for the All Black Lives Matter Solidarity March on June 14, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Anti-racism and police brutality protests continue to be held in cities throughout the country over the death of George Floyd, who was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25th. (Photo by Sarah Morris/Getty Images)
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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.

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SCOTUS Update

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.

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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.

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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.

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OC Update 

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. 

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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.

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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.

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