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Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

A new report from the Fresno Police Department appears to show a pattern of African-American residents being over-represented in interactions with police. African-Americans were disproportionately more likely to be interviewed than Hispanic or white residents in all areas of the city.

While they only make up about 6% of the city’s population, black residents made up between 20-to-25% of all field interviews according to police logs from the Office of Independent Review.

First-time delegate Tony Leal is a long way from home - and not just geographically.

"Well, if you don't mind getting spit at, talked down to, cursed at, thrown rocks at, thrown bottles at, then you're okay," says Leal. "And that's what it's like to be a Republican in my district."

Democratic Congressman of the 52nd district Scott Peters campaigns at a town hall meeting with senior citizens Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.
Lenny Ignelzi / AP

Democratic Congressman of the 52nd district Scott Peters campaigns at a town hall meeting with senior citizens Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.

Lenny Ignelzi / AP

PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Oliver Baines has a unique perspective on the issue of Black Lives Matter and law enforcement. Currently the only African-American on the Fresno City Council, Baines also served around 12 years as an officer with the Fresno Police Department.  Speaking on Valley Public Radio’s Valley Edition Tuesday, Baines recalled his own experiences with racially biased policing, while pleading for calm and understanding in the wake of recent shootings and protests.  Baines said the often heated rhetoric from people on both sides of the issue serves to distract from the goal of racial reconciliation.

Race, police involved shootings, and the Black Lives Matter movement have captivated the Valley’s media attention over recent weeks. The case of the fatal police shooting of 19-year-old Dylan Noble, an unarmed man from Clovis, rocketed back into the news last week with the release of police body camera footage of the shooting. The video was released, in part, due to public pressure to see the informative but graphic scene.

But some are questioning the motives for the intense media scrutiny.

PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire.

Gun control advocates make a lot of claims about how easy it is to get a firearm in America.

California GOP delegate ShirleyHusar officially announces the state's 172 votes for Donald Trump as the Republican Party's presidential nominee.

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

 

UPDATE 6:43 p.m.: California delegates voted Tuesday to officially name Donald Trump as the Republican party's presidential nominee. Two Californians also took to the main stage Tuesday night.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

The Visalia City Council is set to take up debate tonight whether to send a sales tax increase to voters this November. The half-cent tax on retail sales would bring in about $10 million a year to help fund public safety, road and facilities maintenance.

It would be in addition to Measure T, an existing voter-approved sales tax that funds law enforcement in the city. Because the new tax would not be dedicated for any one specific use, it only requires a simple majority to pass.

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