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A family's struggle pushes police for accountability, new approaches

Published Sunday December 18


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Cops need to preserve life, take extra precautions when confronting teens

On Thanksgiving, when most people across the country were sharing moments of gratitude with friends and family members, my family (along with numerous and in Santa Cruz, Calif.) was mourning the deaths of my nephew Luke Smith and longtime resident Sean Arlt.

My nephew was fifteen and a student at Aptos High School. Arlt, 32, suffered from mental illness and was the father of a 4-year-old boy. Both were killed by Santa Cruz police.

From excessive force to Luke’s Law

I have felt so hopeless as I’ve watched my sister and my niece grieve.

Article length: About 750 words.
Tags: Surfing Santa Cruz
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