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Judge refuses to toss wrongful death case against Berkeley police  
Filipa A. Ioannou @ sfgate.com

A federal judge refused to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit that accuses Berkeley police of improper conduct in a 2013 case in which officers restrained a black, transgender woman who stopped breathing and died. Moore€™s father, Arthur Moore, sued Berkeley police, alleging officers €œunlawfully seized, restrained, arrested and battered€ his daughter. A coroner€™s report found the cause of death to be a mix of codeine and methamphetamine, along with poor cardiovascular health and obesity. [...] in a review leaked to UC Berkeley€™s campus paper, the Daily Californian, in 2013, the Police Review Commission wrote that Officer Gwendolyn Brown did not consistently monitor Moore€™s vital signs. A separate doctor€™s report cited by Moore€™s team found that pressure on Kayla Moore€™s upper chest was a contributing factor in her death. The case has drawn attention from activists who say transgender people of color are especially vulnerable to police brutality. On Friday, activists and supporters of the Moore family filled the six rows of Breyer€™s courtroom at the Phillip Burton Federal Courthouse in San Francisco, many wearing shirts emblazoned with Moore€™s face and the hashtag #BlackTransLivesMatter. Qualified immunity protects public servants from damages in civil suits unless they violate civil or statutory rights €œof which a reasonable person would have known.€
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Happy Saturday folks! In SacTown, we'll be in the 90s the next four days, with today being the "coolest" at 92. Sunday, we're looking at 96, and Monday and Tuesday are forecasted to by 98. So much for fall!

US SENATE: Trailing in polls, Loretta Sanchez risks party alienation as she sharpens attack against fellow Democrat Kamala Harris [Phil Willon @ LAT] - “Behind in the polls and lagging in fundraising, Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez has shifted into attack mode in her effort to close the gap with the front-runner in California’s U.S. Senate race, state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris.”

PROP 60: Voters to weigh in on condom mandate for porn stars [Eric Kurhi @ BANG] - “Call it a condom conundrum. On Nov. 8, California voters will decide whether to make the state famous for its film industry the first to force protective prophylactics on X-rated actors.”

PROP 61: California prescription drug measure has big, early lead [Tracy Seipel @ MercNews] - “The survey shows 50 percent of likely voters are inclined to vote yes on Proposition 61, while 16 percent say they’re likely to vote no. Thirty-four percent aren’t taking either side.”

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