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Lawsuit accuses Sacramento utility company of racially profiling Asians in cannabis crackdown

  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is facing a lawsuit for allegedly targeting Asian communities when providing customer data to authorities without a warrant.
  • Data privacy watchdog Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed the lawsuit on Wednesday on behalf of the nonprofit Asian American Liberation Network and Asian American cannabis industry attorney/SMUD customer Khurshid Khoja.
  • The lawsuit noted that the utility would turn over a list of customers who used over a specified threshold amount of energy per month to the Sacramento Police Department.
  • The list excluded homes in a predominantly white neighborhood, and was further shortened by a police analyst to homes with Asian-sounding names for further investigation. 
  • According to the lawsuit, the bulk disclosure “turns its entire customer base into potential leads for police to chase,” liberally disclosing customers’ Social Security, driver’s license and telephone numbers.

Data privacy watchdog Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a lawsuit accusing the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) of racially profiling Asian communities when providing customer data to authorities without a warrant.

The case was filed Wednesday on behalf of the nonprofit Asian American Liberation Network and SMUD customer Khurshid Khoja, an Asian American cannabis industry attorney and cannabis rights advocate from Sacramento.

Man, teen accused of Sacramento robberies targeting Asian women face hate crime enhancements

  • A 20-year-old man and a 17-year-old are now facing hate crime enhancements for a string of robberies in Sacramento, California, in April and May after investigators found evidence suggesting that the pair targeted the victims “due to their race.”
  • The man was identified as Latravion Mccockran, while authorities did not release the teen's name.
  • Mccockran and the teen were accused of robbing Asian women leaving shopping centers on Stockton Blvd. Corridor. In one of the incidents, a victim told police officers that one of the suspects was armed with a handgun.
  • Authorities eventually arrested the teen in Berkeley on June 15, along with two other individuals he was with at the time who were armed with illegal handguns. Mccockran was arrested on June 22, and both suspects are still in custody as of Wednesday.
  • The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office charged both the man and the teen with robbery, with the hate crime enhancement being added to their charges on Monday.

A man and a teenager believed to be behind a string of robberies in Sacramento, California, targeting Asian women are now being accused of hate crimes.

Latravion Mccockran, 20, of Sacramento, and a 17-year-old from Berkeley are facing hate crime enhancements on top of the robbery charges filed against them following their arrest in June, the Sacramento Police Department said in a press release on Wednesday.

NorCal Man Accused of R‌a‌pi‌n‌g 10 Asian Women Over 20 Years Found Working at UC Berkeley

A 58-year-old man accused of targeting and r‌‌‌a‌pi‌‌‌n‌g Asian women and eluding authorities for more than two decades has been ca‌ptu‌re‌d by the Sacramento ‌Pol‌‌i‌ce Department.

Also known as the “NorCal Rapist,” Roy Charles Waller of Benicia, California was ar‌res‌te‌d while he was on his way to work at the University of California, Berkeley on Thursday, according to NBC Bay Area.

Sacramento Veteran Apologizes for Harassing Elderly Laotian Man Wearing Camouflage Shirt

A marine veteran has apologized after he verbally and nearly physically assaulted an elderly Laotian man on Monday morning in Sacramento, California.

The incident occurred between 16th Street and Broadway where the Laotian elderly man was making his way to the farmer’s market with his family, according to a Facebook post shared by the couple’s daughter, Van Khon.

Taiwanese-American Dentist Wins World Beauty Fitness and Fashion Show 2017

Meet Yen Chun, the 26-year-old dentist and bodybuilder based in Silicon Valley who was crowned champion during the World Beauty Fitness and Fashion show in Sacramento, California in June.

Yen, a dentist by day and bodybuilder by night, won the competition with his amazing physique and good sense of fashion, which was showcased during the formal and casual wear phase of WBFF Sacramento 2017, according to CNA via Taiwan News.