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Tamir Rice Grand Jury Will Not Indict Officers

A grand jury will not indict the Cleveland police officers involved in the Tamir Rice shooting death in 2014.  Police say the 12-year-old had a real-looking toy gun in his waistband when he was shot by officer Timothy Loehmann.   Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty made the announcement today.  Video of the shooting shows Loehmann opening fire just seconds after arriving on the scene.  McGinty said at the time Loehmann “had reason to fear for his life.”  McGinty added the Rice case was a “perfect storm of human error” that included officers never being told by dispatchers that a witness reported that the gun was “probably fake.” 

Friends, Family Angered By Accidental Chicago Police Shooting

Friends and relatives are demanding answers after a mother of five was accidentally shot and killed by Chicago police.  Fifty-five-year-old Bettie Jones was killed early Saturday when police responded to a domestic disturbance call.  Nineteen-year-old Quintonio LeGrier was also killed in the gunfire.  He was reportedly threatening his father with a baseball bat.  The Chicago Police Department says officers were “confronted by a combative subject, resulting in an officer firing shots.”  Police have admitted that Jones was shot accidentally. 

Second Police Officer In Freddie Gray Case Goes On Trial Next Week

Prosecutors are releasing more details about the upcoming trial for the second police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray.  Pretrial motions will be heard January 6th for Baltimore Police Officer Caesar Goodson.  Jury selection will begin on January 11th.  Goodson faces the most serious charges in the case, including second-degree murder.  A mistrial was declared earlier this month for Officer William Porter, who was the first police officer to go on trial.

Capitol Heights Man Dead In ATV Crash

Police are identifying the man who was killed in a Capitol Heights ATV crash.  They say 29-year-old Jerome Odom of Capitol Heights was driving an ATV with his teenage stepdaughter late yesterday afternoon when it collided with an SUV on Walker Mill Road in Capitol Heights.  The teenager suffered serious injuries and the SUV driver was not hurt.  Prince George’s County police are reminding residents that it is illegal to drive ATVs on county-maintained roads and those who do are subject to possible arrests, fines and the impounding of their vehicles.



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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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