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Los Angeles County approves Alabama travel ban over abortion law

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved a one-year suspension on travel to Alabama to protest its toughest-in-the-nation abortion law, calling abortion “part of the very fabric of the United States.”

“This challenge by Alabama and other states would overturn decades of precedent,” said supervisor Hilda Solis in a statement. “It is an attack not only confined to the residents of those states, but an act of aggression upon all of us.”

The ban prohibits official travel by county employees to the red state, but allows exceptions for “emergency response, training, or assistance, or other legally-required matters where the failure to authorize such travel would seriously harm the County’s interests.”

The supervisors also voted Monday to send letters urging Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and legislators to repeal HB 314.

“The constitutional and human right to a safe and legal abortion is part of the very fabric of the United States,” said Ms. Solis. “As such, Los Angeles County will stand against all attempts to dismantle the protections afforded by Roe v. Wade and the U.S. Constitution.”

Ms. Solis previously served in Congress and as Labor Secretary under President Barack Obama.

Seven other states have also approved laws this year curtailing access to abortion, but instead of suspending travel to those states, the supervisors decided to send letters expressing their opposition and calling for the “immediate repeal” of those laws.

The other seven states are Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Utah.

Despite calls by pro-choice advocates for an Alabama boycott, the response has been muted, with only two state officials announcing travel bans so far: Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold and Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot.

California already bans travel to Alabama and nine other red states over their “discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression,” such as laws on transgender-bathroom access and religious-based adoption and foster-care services.

Group protesting Bradley Blackshire's death speaks with Little Rock Police Chief

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — According to the coordinator of the protest, the group is protesting the death of Bradley Blackshire, to seek the creation of a Citizens Review Board, to require the use of body cameras by all Little Rock police, and to prosecute Charles Starks, the officer who fatally shot Blackshire in February.

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The protest was scheduled to begin around 4 p.m. today at the intersection of Broadway and Markham.

The protest caused the temporary closing of the intersection of Broadway and Markham and the Broadway Bridge, which has now since opened.

Police ordered the protesters to clear the street. The group asked to speak to newly inducted Police Chief Keith Humphrey, who arrived moments later.

A man in the group expressed his frustration with officer Charles Stark’s current status as receiving a salary while still on administrative leave and the amount of time it has taken to come to a conclusion of the officer-involved shooting case that remains open.

“In my experience … this is never easy because this does take time,” Chief Humphrey told the crowd demanding answers.

“I can’t speak on behalf of the prosecuting attorney. I do have a meeting with him tomorrow. I can’t promise y’all anything because I don’t have control over that part of it.”

The man who identified himself as Blackshire’s uncle responded to the chief. “While he is sitting back on his butt applying for jobs at other departments, getting paid a salary, Bradley is still in the grave.”

On his second day as Little Rock Police Chief, Keith Humphrey made it clear to the emotional crowd that he understood their frustration, but that he has to follow the process of the investigation.

More on this story as it develops.