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3.22.10: One year after the Oakland Police Department shootings

on March 22, 2010

Lovelle Mixon,a 26-year-old parolee, killed four Oakland Police Department officers on March 21, 2009 after a traffic stop.  Mixon was shot dead later by other officers on the scene.  The friends and family of the slain OPD officers are coping as best as they can.

Mixon was wanted for skipping out on a meeting with his parole officer.  DNA tests showed that Mixon had raped a 12-year-old girl a month earlier, and had raped two women on the morning he killed the officers. In spite of this, there are many who feel such strong anger towards the police that they laude Mixon as a hero.  Journalism school student N’Jeri Eaton documented this controversial view in a TV story she produced last Spring.

Health care reform was passed yesterday.  It is likely California will affected by the legislation more than any other state.

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