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Los Angeles Dodgers’ Trevor Bauer facing allegations of assault

Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Trevor Bauer is facing allegations of assault by a woman stemming from previous sexual encounter.

The Pasadena, California police department said it is investigating the alleged assault, which it says occurred around the middle of May. The case could be turned over to the district attorney’s office as soon as Wednesday, a source told ESPN, at which point a decision would be made on whether it will move forward.

The woman was granted a domestic violence restraining order in L.A. County Superior Court against Bauer, according to her attorney, Marc Garelick, who alleged in a statement that his client “suffered severe physical and emotional pain” as a result of a “recent assault” from Bauer.

Garelick issued a statement Tuesday, writing, “Our goal is to keep Mr. Bauer from contacting our client in any way possible. We anticipate there will be criminal action against Mr. Bauer, and it is our hope law enforcement will take our client’s allegations and case seriously.”

Bauer’s attorney, Jon Fetterolf, released a lengthy statement to ESPN denying any wrongdoing on behalf of his client. In the statement, Fetterolf described the relationship as “consensual” and called the woman’s allegations “baseless” and “defamatory.”

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   101. Captain Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: July 05, 2021 at 06:05 PM (#6027722)
I thought the point of "defund the police" was to redirect some funds, that now go to the police, to entities that provide a different service for people, to social workers, to be dispatched with police to domestic disturbance calls?

Police are expected to do too much. Expecting them to be able to diffuse all types of situations is unfair to them. They need help. The idea is to reduce an amount of avoidable violence.

Police themselves have asked for relief from duties that are beyond the scope of their basic training. They don't wanna be social workers.
   102. Howie Menckel Posted: July 05, 2021 at 09:04 PM (#6027745)
07.05... When asked Monday whether he expected Trevor Bauer to return later this week at the conclusion of his stint on the 7-day administrative leave list, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, "I don't see that happening."
Spin: Major League Baseball can extend Bauer's stay on administrative leave as long as they see fit while they continue their investigation into the pitcher's alleged sexual assault, and it would appear Roberts anticipates that happening. The league would have to receive approval from the MLBPA.

.................

(All-Star Break coming at sort-of convenient time, in a way)
   103. sunday silence (again) Posted: July 05, 2021 at 09:41 PM (#6027748)
Did you see where Dave Stewart weighed in on all this and is so mad at the LAD that he wont attend the 1981 reunion party or whatever it is?

someone upthread mentioned that Bauer cannot appeal an administrative leave, but my understanding from reading the story the other day was that he had waived his right to appeal it Is that correct?
   104. Ron J Posted: July 05, 2021 at 10:00 PM (#6027751)
#103 Pretty sure he can appeal (I seem to recall somebody trying this) but he he would have a roughly zero percent chance of winning since this is paid leave.

Any form of discipline is a very different matter.
   105. KronicFatigue Posted: July 06, 2021 at 09:41 AM (#6027797)
I thought the point of "defund the police" was to redirect some funds, that now go to the police, to entities that provide a different service for people, to social workers, to be dispatched with police to domestic disturbance calls?

Police are expected to do too much. Expecting them to be able to diffuse all types of situations is unfair to them. They need help. The idea is to reduce an amount of avoidable violence.

Police themselves have asked for relief from duties that are beyond the scope of their basic training. They don't wanna be social workers.


That's how I understand it, and that's why I think it's a bad slogan. I believe we need specialization, better training, etc etc. Many police are trained to be the hammer, so all they're seeing are nails. Some of the more extreme weapons that are making the police look like military should *probably* be "defunded", but overall, I just wanted the $$ being used more efficiently. Depending on how you define "police", and if that's expanded to a broader sense of community well being, it would be easy to justify a large expansion of funding.
   106. Ron J Posted: July 06, 2021 at 10:22 AM (#6027799)
#105 But it's not the mainstream people who can up with that slogan. And if you came up with something that captured the more nuanced position (I suggested, "Demilitarize the police"), "Defund the police" would not go away and mainstream Democrats would be required to address it.
   107. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: July 06, 2021 at 01:43 PM (#6027835)
The obvious slogan there would be "fund social services" since the emphasis is that we need more social services that take the place of police. But let's be serious here- "defund the police" as a phrase comes out from anger at the police. The policy matter of funding more social services was written later by wonks trying to make due with the slogan activists gave them.

   108. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: July 06, 2021 at 04:10 PM (#6027939)
Lots of cities have cut police budgets. NYC cut theirs by almost $1B. There has also be a rapid decline in the number of police as retirements and resignations have soared. 5,300 NYPD officers quit or retired in 2020 (up 75%). Overall manpower is down by about 2,500.
Fun fact: NYC did not cut their city police budget by $1B. It's true that some people called for this. (Cutting the budget would not, of course, be "defunding" it.) It did not actually happen. Not sure what the rest of your point has to do with anything. Police having a tantrum and refusing to do their jobs because their feelings are hurt isn't really the topic of the discussion. (And again, I reiterate: crime was up regardless of local policies.)

Police are also making far fewer stops and arrests, b/c they know the politicians don't support them, and with "bail reform" the perp is out the same day unless he seriously injures someone.
Wait, you mean you can't keep people imprisoned without convicting them of a crime? How awful. Bail reform — no scare quotes needed — is based on the notion that the purpose of bail is to ensure people show up for trial, not to coerce poor people into pleading guilty by keeping them in prison until you eventually get around to trying them.
   109. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: July 06, 2021 at 04:13 PM (#6027940)
I thought the point of "defund the police" was to redirect some funds, that now go to the police, to entities that provide a different service for people, to social workers, to be dispatched with police to domestic disturbance calls?

Police are expected to do too much. Expecting them to be able to diffuse all types of situations is unfair to them. They need help. The idea is to reduce an amount of avoidable violence.

Police themselves have asked for relief from duties that are beyond the scope of their basic training. They don't wanna be social workers.
That is what many police reform advocates want, and when confronted will try to claim that "defund the police" really means. The problem is that "defund the police" consists of ordinary English words that would not reasonably be interpreted as "stop using the police for jobs that should be handled by other agencies." There is no evidence that the people who coined and use the phrase defund the police mean it that way.
   110. Lassus Posted: July 07, 2021 at 10:36 AM (#6028045)
Money also = latitude. Can't imagine why anyone would want cops to have less latitude:

Leneal Frazier Killed In Crash With Minneapolis Police Squad That Was Chasing Suspect
“An officer observed the suspect vehicle in that area, attempted to pull it over and the vehicle, instead of pulling over, fled,” Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder said.

Police pursued the vehicle for eight blocks.

The squad was going north on Lyndale following the suspect. The driver who died was driving westbound on 41st and the driver of a second car that was going southbound on Lyndale was also struck and slightly injured.

The driver of the second car was treated at a local hospital and is now recovering at home. His wife told WCCO he wasn’t up to speaking, but that his car is totaled and he feels lucky to be alive.

Minneapolis police say the suspect got away.
Funny how this is written to best avoid even acknowledging the cop crashed into a random car and killed a driver while playing Grand Theft Auto: Thin Blue Line.
   111. pikepredator Posted: July 07, 2021 at 12:19 PM (#6028062)
Vermont has been developing a partnership between a local mental health support center and the police that pre-dates the "Defund the police" movement. It works. It is "Backing the Blue", quite literally.

Sucks that some people are more interested in tearing down the potential for such an evolution based on false information and media-fueled scare tactics rather than actually looking to see that yeah, police funds can be re-directed to bring together a more diverse group of people with wider skillsets, to better protect and serve the community.

Supporting Vermont's Police with more diverse resources

The article is from last fall . . . the program continues to succeed, expand, and be adopted by more and more police departments.

OK back to baseball for me.
   112. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 07, 2021 at 02:35 PM (#6028086)
No bobblehead for you!
   113. Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Fred Posted: July 07, 2021 at 03:48 PM (#6028112)
That is what many police reform advocates want, and when confronted will try to claim that "defund the police" really means.
What was that about ordinary English words? Police reform advocates are advocating for ... (wait for it) ... police reform. A new code of conduct, another civilian oversight board, etc.... The point of "defund the police" is that these reforms don't work. Reallocating police funds towards other social services and thereby shrinking the department's footprint is an alternative to further attempts at reforming the department.
The problem is that "defund the police" consists of ordinary English words that would not reasonably be interpreted as "stop using the police for jobs that should be handled by other agencies."
Hint: try adding "... and allocate that funding to other services" at the end. Now try chanting that. Or your "stop using the police for jobs that should be handled by other agencies". The problem is that either option, or any attempt to fully explain the position, consists of far too many syllables to reasonably be utilised as a slogan.
There is no evidence that the people who coined and use the phrase defund the police mean it that way.
There is mountains of evidence. Here's a freebie. If you'd like more, the google is your friend.
   114. Howie Menckel Posted: July 07, 2021 at 04:32 PM (#6028126)

not to get off-topic but

The Athletic
@TheAthletic
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The Dodgers have canceled Trevor Bauer’s bobblehead night scheduled for August 19th. The team has also removed all Bauer merchandise from their online store. Bauer is under investigation for alleged assault.
   115. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 07, 2021 at 08:38 PM (#6028191)
Not even a two-post attention span? Cokes for the crowd, Howie!
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