The Daily Fix: Mayhem Erupts in New Mexico, Gay Protest in China, and Pot Helps MS

All the news that's fit to fix on Monday, March 31.

TakePart News Editor Shaya Tayefe Mohajer is a journalist who has worked in many corners of the world for major news organizations.

Protesters' chants of "Hey hey! Ho ho! Killer cops have got to go!" at a Sunday-afternoon march in Albuquerque, N.M., turned into a dramatic protest scene, with officers in riot gear using tear gas to disperse protesters late last night, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

Local police have been involved in 23 fatal shootings since 2010, and local discontent was stirred recently after a mentally ill homeless man named James Boyd was shot and killed. Hacking group Anonymous got involved by releasing video of the incident, attacking police websites, and calling for a protest of Boyd's death. Boyd had a history of mental illness and violent interactions with police—tragically, the two often go hand in hand.

At the time of his death, Boyd had two knives. Anonymous called on locals to protest Albuquerque's "visually fierce militarized thugs" who play "war games against the homeless and less fortunate." Local police deny allegations of undue aggression, saying officers were threatened and Boyd refused to follow commands. Either way, the issue of police being the first point of contact for the mentally ill is a major problem.

In other news...

  • At the 38th Parallel: North Korea fired more than 100 artillery rounds into South Korean waters Monday—and South Korea fired back—in what appears to be mutual saber rattling. (via Time)
     

  • Gay Man Sues China: Xiang Xiaohan, 19, is a gay rights activist from Hunan Province who is suing China for the government's refusal to register his gay rights organization—a rare open protest by the country's LGBTQ community. (via BBC World Service)
     

  • Roaming to Rome and Beyond: President Obama has been traveling in Europe and the Middle East—chatting on the phone with Russian President Putin, hanging out at King Abdullah's desert retreat, and visiting an Amsterdam museum to admire the Dutch masters. (via Politico)
     

  • Water, the New Birkin Bag: Champagne wishes, caviar dreams, and water in time of drought—this is the lifestyle of California’s rich and famous these days. Or at least the rich: Salon goes to the tony Central Coast enclave of Montecito to see how the unnamed 1 percent lives and gets its water.
     

  • Death Penalty in Black and White: Though 55 percent of Americans, overall, support the death penalty, there's a racial divide in that belief. About 63 of whites support the penalty, as do 36 percent of blacks. Slate takes a look at how America's history of slavery and race relations has created that divide.
     

  • This Is Multiple Sclerosis on Pot: American Academy of Neurology finds that Sativex, the first medicine derived from marijuana, helps multiple sclerosis patients.
     

  • He Believes the Children Are Our Future: Mayor Bill de Blasio chalked up a win in his first big budget battle: free pre-kindergarten for New York City. (via The New York Times)
     

  • Horrifyingly Awful and Terrible: Man rapes three-year-old daughter and gets probation. Yes, probation. Did I mention he's the heir to the DuPont fortune? (via Detroit Free Press)

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