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August 13, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A man who died in police custody over the weekend was hogtied when he resisted arrest, authorities said. The order by Sgt. Tony Ennis to hogtie James Gary Nelson, 35, came after four officers put wrist and leg restraints on the suspect, who continued to kick and resist, Det. Mary DeGeare said. The practice has been banned in the Bakersfield Police Department since 1995. Authorities say they believe the man was high on methamphetamine when restrained and then stopped breathing.
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January 31, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A nearly five-year federal probe into possible civil rights violations at the Bakersfield Police Department is over. The U.S. Department of Justice says it has finalized its investigation and found no breaches of the Constitution. The investigation was launched in 2003 after the department was the subject of numerous lawsuits and complaints alleging excessive force and racial profiling. Police Chief Bill Rector said Wednesday the Justice Department sent them a letter commending them for the positive improvements made since then.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A nearly five-year federal probe into possible civil rights violations at the Bakersfield Police Department is over. The U.S. Department of Justice says it has finalized its investigation and found no breaches of the Constitution. The investigation was launched in 2003 after the department was the subject of numerous lawsuits and complaints alleging excessive force and racial profiling. Police Chief Bill Rector said Wednesday the Justice Department sent them a letter commending them for the positive improvements made since then.
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November 18, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The city's police have become as fast as the click of a mouse with the implementation of a $4-million update to their computer records system. The new, fully integrated system was a three-year project, and makes the police agency the first in California to be this well-connected, said Lt. Phil Clarke.
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August 11, 1987
A federal investigation said the Bakersfield Police Department discriminates against women and that a climate of "racial animosity" exists on the Kern County Sheriff's Department staff. Federal Treasury Department investigator Hilda Sawyer said the police agility test for new recruits discriminates against women and the department discriminated against its only woman investigator by placing her in a dead-end job.
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April 14, 1985 | ERIC MALNIC, Times Staff Writer
At least two of the 15 murders attributed to Henry Lee Lucas by state Atty. Gen. John D. Van de Kamp last September probably were not committed by the self-proclaimed mass murderer, according to local law enforcement officers. Lucas--who has "confessed" to hundreds of murders across the United States--was able to glean corroborating details about the two slayings from police, and he later used those details to convince investigators of his involvement in the murders, the local officers said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The city's police have become as fast as the click of a mouse with the implementation of a $4-million update to their computer records system. The new, fully integrated system was a three-year project, and makes the police agency the first in California to be this well-connected, said Lt. Phil Clarke.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2004 | John Johnson, Times Staff Writer
New evidence about mass murder defendant Vincent Brothers' troubled history with women contains allegations that local authorities protected the school administrator because he was considered a civic role model. Documents released by court order show that Brothers, who is accused of killing five members of his family in what police have called the "most heinous crime" in this city's history, was repeatedly accused of intimidating and physically assaulting women as far back as 1988.
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May 23, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said Thursday that a man at the center of a videotaped altercation with deputies died from heart disease -- not baton blows. The county coroner's office labeled David Sal Silva's death accidental, adding that the primary cause of death was hypertensive heart disease. Videos taken by witnesses showed baton blows and a struggle between Silva and deputies. Youngblood said those blows were mainly to his midsection and were not fatal. Silva also received a bite from a K-9 dog. Toxicology tests showed Silva had amphetamines and methamphetamines in his system and a blood alcohol level of 0.095.
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September 24, 1991
Materials for making $15 million worth of methaqualone were seized at a Bakersfield lab by local, state and federal narcotics agents during an investigation that led to five more sites in Canyon Country and the San Fernando Valley, authorities said Monday. The material used to manufacture the illegal depressant was discovered Sunday during a raid of a shed behind a house.
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August 13, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A man who died in police custody over the weekend was hogtied when he resisted arrest, authorities said. The order by Sgt. Tony Ennis to hogtie James Gary Nelson, 35, came after four officers put wrist and leg restraints on the suspect, who continued to kick and resist, Det. Mary DeGeare said. The practice has been banned in the Bakersfield Police Department since 1995. Authorities say they believe the man was high on methamphetamine when restrained and then stopped breathing.
NEWS
August 11, 1987
A federal investigation said the Bakersfield Police Department discriminates against women and that a climate of "racial animosity" exists on the Kern County Sheriff's Department staff. Federal Treasury Department investigator Hilda Sawyer said the police agility test for new recruits discriminates against women and the department discriminated against its only woman investigator by placing her in a dead-end job.
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April 14, 1985 | ERIC MALNIC, Times Staff Writer
At least two of the 15 murders attributed to Henry Lee Lucas by state Atty. Gen. John D. Van de Kamp last September probably were not committed by the self-proclaimed mass murderer, according to local law enforcement officers. Lucas--who has "confessed" to hundreds of murders across the United States--was able to glean corroborating details about the two slayings from police, and he later used those details to convince investigators of his involvement in the murders, the local officers said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Bakersfield police are investigating two fires and graffiti at a predominantly black church as possible hate crimes. Members of the Cain Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church believe racism was behind two fires -- separated by a week -- and hate graffiti that accompanied the most recent blaze that was discovered Monday morning, according to the  Bakersfield Californian . No one was injured in the fires, which caused only superficial damage...
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December 26, 1998 | From Associated Press
A series of small earthquakes shook several areas throughout California, but there were no immediate reports of injury or damage. A magnitude-3.0 quake struck at 10:57 p.m. Thursday, 25 miles west-southwest of Olancha, about 60 miles northeast of Bakersfield, said seismologist Bob Dollar of the U.S. Geological Survey. It was not believed to be an aftershock, Dollar said. "We didn't feel it, nor did we get any calls on it," Bakersfield Police Department Lt. Joe Moesta said.
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