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Texas DA: Grand Jury To Get Woman’s Jail Cell Death

A grand jury will take up the case of an Illinois woman who died in a Texas jail cell.  Waller County, Texas District Attorney Elton Mathis says Sandra Bland’s death needs a “thorough and exhaustive review.”  The African American woman’s body was found in her jail cell July 13th hanging from a plastic trash bag.  Her death was ruled a suicide by the county medical examiner.  Bland had been stopped for a minor traffic violation.  The FBI and Texas Rangers are also investigating.

Video Shows Violent Crowd During April Baltimore Riots

Video recorded during the April Baltimore riots is giving some new insight to some of the chaos that erupted after the police custody death of Freddie Gray.  The “Baltimore Sun” reports it obtained the video through a Public Information Act request.  The city surveillance footage is captured at the corner of Pennsylvania and North avenues.  It shows a crowd looting stores, setting fires and destroying police vehicles while officers mostly stand by.  Police did not launch a full-scale incursion into the area until most of the crowd had dispersed.

Triple-A:  Red Light Camera Tickets Down In D.C.

Triple-A Mid-Atlantic says red light camera tickets in the District have fallen to the lowest level in seven years.  The group says fewer than 72-thousand citations were mailed out in Fiscal Year 2014, more than 12-thousand below the figure from the previous year.  Triple-A adds that revenue slipped below 12-million dollars in the last complete fiscal year compared to more than 13-million in Fiscal Year 2013.  Red light camera citations peaked in Fiscal Year 2012 at more than 96-thousand.

Georgetown Track Program Under Investigation

The Georgetown University track program is being investigated for alleged racial bias and misconduct.  School officials say the university’s Office of Institutional Diversity Equity and Affirmative Action is conducting the investigation after a female track athlete filed complaints.  Stefanie Kurgatt has gone on to post the allegations in detail online, claiming she was forced off the track team by coaches.  The school says it will take several weeks to complete its investigation.

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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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