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Closing Arguments Over For First Cop Tried In Gray’s Death  

Closing arguments are done in the trial of the first of six Baltimore police officers to be tried in Freddie Gray’s death.  Jury deliberations are expected to get underway this afternoon in the trial of Officer William Porter.  Porter is facing involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct charges.  He’s accused of failing to put Gray in a seatbelt or get him medical help when he complained of being injured.  Gray’s April death from injuries suffered while in a police van led to violent rioting and looting in Baltimore.

Death Of Handcuffed Man Ruled Homicide

The death of a handcuffed 27-year-old man last month has been ruled a homicide by the DC medical examiner’s office.  Authorities say Alonzo Smith died on November 1st of sudden cardiac arrest complicated by acute cocaine toxicity while restrained and a compression of the torso.  Smith was in the custody of armed security guards for a suspected domestic dispute in the Marbury Plaza apartment building in Southeast Washington.

Obama: U.S., Partners Hitting ISIS Harder Than Ever

President Obama says the U.S.-led coalition is hitting ISIS harder than ever.  After a high-level meeting at the Pentagon, Obama said the coalition has fired roughly nine-thousand bombs at ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria.  He insisted that his anti-ISIS strategy is moving forward with a great sense of urgency on multiple levels.  The President noted that ISIS leaders cannot hide and said the message from the coalition is, “You are next.”  He also warned that the fight will continue to be difficult.

Group Petitions Redskins Name Change

A group is delivering more than 16-hundred signatures to Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder today demanding that the team’s name be changed.  The Rebrand Washington Football Group delivered the petition at Redskins Park this morning.  They say the name, Redskins, offends Native Americans.  It’s one of many similar efforts, but Snyder has said in the past that he will never change his team’s name.

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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.

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