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you are alleging a major kof up. >> yes. absolutely. what was happening to me on the side of the road was at the tip of the iceberg. none of the agency names in the lawsuit would corroborate. the city recently hired an independent police auditors to review complaints from the public. attorneys for california and mendocino filed a mission for a lawsuit. the suit accuses sheriff bruce smith of being the second officer involved in flatten's traffic stop. smith who over saw the county's enforcement team had not be wit.
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this new lawsuit accused him of stealing weed on multiple marijuana farms. >> officers took tens of thousands of dollars in cash and jewelry during a raid led by bruce smith. >> they are nothing different than their own cartel or mafia. >> bruce smith did not respond a request for comment but part of a separate lawsuit never mentions smith. he gave a different deposition this year. he questions the intelligence of any officers willing to steal during those raids. >> he would be an idiot. i know people do it. it's beyond my belief that people are that stupid. >> nobody is policing the police. >> jon scott is a civil rights attorney of 30 years and filed this latest lawsuit. >> how many victims do you think
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are out there? >> hundreds. >> recreation marijuana had been legal in california for less than four years. scott believes prior to that those robbed by law enforcement were too scared to speak up. >> you are going to call the police and admit you are illegally growing or transporting marijuana? i don't think so. who are you going to call? ghost busters? >> flatten worries corruption may have gone unchecked for decades inside the agencies that protect to serve. >> they are gangs with badges. >> that's strong words. it's time to leave them
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tonight we investigate the largest seniors living home in the country. we found deadly covid outbreaks are just the latest in a long list of problems facing the company. here is investigative reporter candice nguyen. >> reporter: the state of attorney general is already suing brooke dale for different reasons. now, 83 families are coming forward about assisted living services prompting brooke dale that it allowed years of elderly neglect and financial abuse. >> welcome. >> reporter: from the online ads to the in-person tours. >> all the people seemed very nice. >> reporter: michelle lidel says
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brookdale seemed to be a place for her father. >> but then it just started breaking down a little bit. >> reporter: a lot she says. >> he was on a catheter. it was not working. >> nurses said they have been pumping fluids into him to see if they can get him into move. he ended up in icu for several days with stage five kidney failure. >> first impression is oh, this looks like a nice home. >> reporter: mary holmes said she had a similar experience. her husband dealing with parkinson's and diabetes. >> he had low blood sugar, he made it known that he needed juice. the person did not come back. he was frightened.
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>> reporter: brookdale is the largest senior providers with 682 patients across the country. 57 in california and 11 assisted living facilities here in the bay area. 83 families including michelle who's a named plaintiff and mary have filed declaration in an on going lawsuit accusing the corporation violating american disabilities act and civil rights laws. they alleged neglect and prompting mistreatment, prompting investigations to really take a look. >> reporter: our team reviewed state records have had a dozen of covid cases like many other facilities in california. some residents died but we dig into how many because the states did not spcify for those
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locations. in march attorney general sued brookdale of misled quality of care that they disputed. staff took 44 minutes to call 911 after a resident showed stroke symptoms. in may, brookdale in napa cited after a patient fell ten times. and finally this hidden camera, the video captured by a camera the family installed provides a care giver hitting an elderly resident and pulling her hair. in a statement to nbc bay area, brookdale says if allegations are brought, we take swift action. we do not tolerate such actions
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and the situation is dealt with promptly. in regards to the delayed 911 calls, they do not always agree with the merits and interpretation. >> that's not right. it has to stop. >> reporter: allowing other former residents to join their suit. >> we are trying to ensure that at least one provider that has so many locations here in california starts to comply with those basic mandates. >> reporter: we have been reaching out to brookdale for an interview. they invited us to this danville location. my producer and i are about to sit in. they are not allowing us to record anything with our cameras on their property. >> sitting in one of the rooms
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the vp operations and a company's spokesperson say brookdale does not believe ada laws applied to assisted living. we are rigorously defending our company from the unsupported allegations made against us. >> reporter: michelle and mary are moving forward with their allegations. michelle says brookdale exacerbated her father's death. mary moved her husband out. >> it scares me to death, what's going to happen when we get to that point? >> reporter: you may be looking for a safe place for your loved ones. i recently spoke with industry insiders about things you can do or say when looking for a senior care facility. that q&a is live along with this invest nbcbayarea.com,
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with the investigative unit, i am candice we know. after the pandemic we have to deal with growing threats created by climate change. up next, we investigate something that's all ignored by most people, rising ground water. we'll tell you what it could bring to the surface and into our homes. we'll be right back.
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the fight to protect homes and businesses from climate change is getting even more complicated. our senior investigator spent
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months looking at ground water. scientists are worried about what that water could bring with. stephen stock. >> reporter: rising water can push to the surface toxic and gases that are found in landfills like this and other sites around the bay area. we want to know how much toxic wastes is bury here in the bay area. >> reporter: while much of the world is focused on rising sea levels due to climate change, we found uc berkeley team of environmental scientists who have been studying rising water in the ground beneath our feet. >> what we think of is a dry cross land, it's not so dry anymore. >> it's coming up through the grounds so we can't see it but we need to be checking what's going on under the hood. >> reporter: dr. hill and her team studied data from wells that the state uses to monitor
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water quality. they match those numbers to ground elevations at each well. the team mapped the entire bay area, red highlights where ground water isless than 40 inches below the surface. black shows where the water is at the surface. >> underground water with an underground contaminant on it getting into pipes and coming into buildings that could be happening during the wet seasons now. not 2050 or 2100. >> it's a risk now. >> yes. >> people can be exposed to this in a way that impacts their health and causes a miscarriage or cancer case. >> it's underground and it's affecting the water under us. >> reporter: karen pageant lives next door in richmond. she developed two cancers the same year work crew tried to clean up that site digging the soils into her neighborhood. >> do you worry this has impacted your health? >> i think it did, i have no way
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to prove it. >> reporter: she's worried the ground water is still left in the soil next door directed to her neighborhood. >> this is a reality that can't be ignored anymore. >> the chemicals we worried escaping from landfills are volatile organic chemicals, things like petroleum, fuel components and benzene. >> reporter: the board identified 25 different landfills at risk of leading toxic chemicals as sea levels rise. >> it does not take too high of a concentration of some of these chemicals to render water unsuitable for drinking. >> reporter: all but two of those landfills are closed and wastes of decades of dumping remains. managers in the area are close
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ly monitoring the contaminated area. >> ground water levels are going to rise and it's something that we are concerned about not only at the landfills but hundreds of thousands of contaminated sites in the bay area. >> many of the areas where we see toxic sites, those cities are not actually aware those sites are going to be under water soon. >> reporter: more than 1100 sites in the area that could release toxic chemicals as ground water rises. >> a lot of these sites around the shoreline are in inundated and we are looking at a catastrophe. >> reporter: are we doing fast enough to mitigate or address this issue? >> no, the answer is no. none of the agencies around the bay are acting fast enough.
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you need to be excavating the toxins out and cleaning them up to standards that are safe for public health. >> we take our mission very seriously. >> reporter: meredith williams, director of dtsc, the state department of toxic substances control which oversees many of these sites. >> dtsc is not doing fast enough, what would you say? >> i would say i understand the urgency about doing the work. we count on doing our work based on the best available science and that sometimes takes time. >> reporter: as for those critics who want to remove these toxic chemicals from the ground. williams says that must be balanced against the cost. >> it's a question how it pencils out. >> reporter: how much it's going to cost? >> if we want to dig up highly contaminate dirt and haul it away, is it worth the carbon and
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emissions that would be required. >> reporter: experts tell us rising ground water poses a serious threat that parts of the bay area may actually have to be abandoned and returned to the bay waters. it's what's called managed retreat. it's a very controversial idea but it's one some experts say may be the only way to avoid toxic wastes from occupying into the neighborhood as the water rise below. i am stephen stock, nbc bay area news. >> do you have a tip or a story idea for us, we want to hear from you. get in touch, we'll be right back to show you how. c® can help you get back in it. oh, oh, oh, ozempic®! my zone... lowering my a1c, cv risk, and losing some weight... now, back to the game! ozempic® is proven to lower a1c.
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after a win over the jaguars in week 11. the 49ers appeared to be back on track heading into a matchup against the vikings. welcome to the 49ers "game plan, i am laura britt. we'll hear from john lynch who sat down with our gregg papa. before we get to that, field vision is sponsored by zenni. take a closer look at zenni.com. that one loss to a cardinals team without most of their stars. aside from that, the niners got back to a formula that has worked well under shanahan. taking care of the football and forcing turnovers.

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