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Bill Cosby Arraigned On Sex Assault Charges

Bill Cosby is free on one million dollars bail after being arraigned in Pennsylvania on a charge of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman.  The 78-year-old comedian did not enter a plea and gave no statement as he left the courthouse accompanied by his lawyers.  Cosby is charged with felony aggravated indecent assault stemming from an incident at his home in 2004.  A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for January 14th.

Chicago Police Changes Focus On Use Of Force

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday that Chicago police officers must be better trained in knowing the difference between when they can use a gun and when they should use a gun. Emanuel announced changes in police training and the use of force during a news conference. They come after a series of fatal shootings by police sparked weeks of protests and complaints that Chicago officers are too quick to fire their weapons.  He said the Police Department will double the number of Tasers available to officers – from 700 to 1,400- and that the new policies are just the latest step as he works to restore public trust in the police force and his administration.

Bowser Signs DC Body Camera Bill

DC police officers are now required to wear body cameras.  Mayor Muriel Bowser today signed into law a bill that will outfit 28-hundred officers with body cameras in one of the strictest laws of its kind in the U.S.  At the Wilson Building signing ceremony, Bowser said body warn cameras will make the city safer and stronger by increasing transparency and accountability.  The public will be able to see most of what is recorded by the body cameras.

 

 

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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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