Baltimore Police Commissioner Disappointed DOJ Wants Consent Decree Delay
Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis says he’s disappointed the Justice Department is asking for a 90-day delay on a police reform consent decree. Davis told a morning news conference that the police department is “absolutely dedicated” to the reform process and there are “no backroom deals” or “slight of hand.” Davis says he wants the consent decree and so does Mayor Catherine Pugh. Yesterday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a review of all police reform agreements.
Parents Worried About Air Quality Issues At Prince George’s Schools
When it comes to keeping kids safe, some parents are giving one school a failing grade. A meeting was held last night in Prince George’s County to discuss concerns about the air quality at District Heights Elementary School. Parents say mold and carbon monoxide are making kids and teachers sick. One county school official told parents more testing will be done, but so far results show the air is safe.
US Mint Releases Frederick Douglass Quarter
One of the most prominent African-Americans in history is coming to a store, bank, and pocket near you. The US Mint unveiled a new quarter design this morning, featuring Frederick Douglass on the reverse. It’s part of the ongoing “America the Beautiful” series, featuring national landmarks across the country. The Douglass coin focuses on his Washington, DC home. For now, collectors can buy bags or rolls of mint-quality coins. The Douglass quarter will slowly move into regular circulation over the coming months.
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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.