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Local law enforcement, including the Sheriff's Office, said the rule of law was upheld by the jury's conviction Tuesday of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, while a representative of the local NAACP called the ruling "just," and called for a review of police use-of-force policies.
Solvang City Council members continued to push Monday for Santa Barbara County to rectify a proposed law enforcement budget, reverse charges for the past billing cycle, and act more transparently through the dispute resolution process currently underway.
The following is taken from the Santa Maria Police Department's calls-for-service log and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office daily arrest log. Those appearing as "arrested" are only suspected of the crime indicated but are presumed innocent.
California Highway Patrol officials are reminding the public of several new road safety passed by the California legislature have either taken effect or are set to become effective after the New Year, including two new ones that will directly affect driving behavior.
A Santa Maria man was charged Tuesday with the fatal shooting of a northern elephant seal near San Simeon in September 2019, according to a U.S. Attorney spokesman.
A couple dozen Lompoc residents participated in a “Peace Rally” on Tuesday night in the courtyard outside City Hall. The aim of the event, which began around the same time as that night’s City Council meeting, was to send a message to city leaders that community members are fed up with the ongoing violent crime, and it also served as a public show of support for the Lompoc Police Department.
Santa Barbara County middle and grade school students are increasingly recruited into gangs, while county juvenile programs and law enforcemen…
Several community members on Tuesday night implored Lompoc’s governing body to reallocate money away from the city’s police department and instead redirect those funds to social programs and other services that could address the underlying causes of crime and cut down on the need for armed policing. Police Chief Joe Mariani shared his concerns with the movement.
“I was a starter my freshman year,” at Sonoma State, Sheckherd said. “My sophomore year, I was one of the first players off the bench.”
Reports of domestic violence in Santa Barbara County have dropped in the weeks following a statewide stay-at-home order, prompting concern on Tuesday from local law enforcement officials who urged victims and members of the public to call police if they suspect abuse.