DROP THE CHARGES! Support KPFA staff & Independent journalist Frank Sterling!


On September 17th 2021, KPFA staff member and journalist Frank Sterling was attacked by police while covering a demonstration in Antioch. He was tackled, held down, tasered, and his recording equipment taken. Compounding the injustice, Frank has been charged with resisting arrest.

Frank is Technical Director of KPFA’s Apprenticeship Program; a contributor to Friday evening’s Full Circle show; and a staff representative to the KPFA Local Station Board. Frank is part of the Bay Area’s Native American community, active in exposing police brutality and denouncing police killings and has already endured a previous attack by the Antioch police. Frank is also a member of The Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality & State Repression.

Frank is facing an April 25th, 2022 court date at 8:30 am at the Contra Costa Superior Court, 1000 Center Drive, Pittsburgh, CA. and needs your support. 

Take action: Sign this petition. Call Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton’s office at 925-957-2200 or tweet at @DADianaBecton and demand the dismissal of charges. 

Email the DA at DAOffice@contracostada.org. Please use Subject heading:Drop the Charges.

The DA ran on criminal justice reform. We are asking she uphold her promise. We must end the criminalization of protest and of independent journalists covering these events.

For more information:
Report by Black Agenda Report contributing editor Ann Garrison: https://blackagendareport.com/activist-journalist-frank-sterling-trial

Sign the Change.org petition demanding that Contra Costa DA Diana Becton drop the charges here:


New Laws Make It Harder To Be A Bad Cop In CA


SB 2, a new law passed in September & signed by Gov. Newsom establishes a Commission on Peace Officers Standards & Training to review local investigations in to allegations of police misbehavior, may recommend suspending or revoking an officer’s license. It will also have the power to instigate further investigations or police behavior and recommend disciplinary action. The Commission will be composed of 2 police representatives & 6 members of the community and an attorney, if deemed useful. Very powerful California police unions lobbied against the bill. This bill will make it harder for a cop to be discharged in one jurisdiction and just get another police position somewhere else. California is no longer one of four states without a police decertification process.



Assembly Bill 89 raises the minimum age of newly hired officers from 18 to 21.

Assembly Bill 490 prohibits choke-holds and other dangerous restraint techniques.

Senate Bill 16 expands public access to police misconduct records.

“George Floyd’s Law”, Assembly Bill 26, requires police to intervene in situations where other cops are using excessive force. It requires reporting of uses of excessive force.