Community Leaders Express Outrage Over MN Police Shooting
Community activists are angry about the deadly police shooting of a black motorist last night outside St. Paul, Minnesota. Former St. Paul NAACP president Nathaniel Khaliq says police “executed” 32-year-old Philando Castile in front of the man’s family during a traffic stop. Castile was in a car with his girlfriend and her daughter when they were pulled over for a broken tail light. The victim’s girlfriend says he told officers he had a firearm and a concealed-carry permit.
D.A. Says Baton Rouge Officers Feel Justified For Shooting
The investigation continues into Tuesday’s controversial police shooting in Baton Rouge. Both officers involved are on administrative leave. East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore says officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake the Second feel they were justified in their actions that led to one of them shooting and killing 37-year-old Alton Sterling. Two videos of the shooting have already gone viral and the Justice Department is investigating.
Prosecutors Dismiss Charge In Latest Freddie Gray Trial
The highest ranking Baltimore police officer on trial in the Freddie Gray case is no longer facing all of the charges originally filed against him. Before delivering opening statements today, prosecutors announced they were dropping a misconduct count against Lieutenant Brian Rice. Rice still faces four other charges, including manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and a second misconduct count. The bike patrol cop was involved in arresting Gray last year and is the highest-ranking of the six officers charged in the case.
Venus Williams Out, Serena Advances At Wimbledon
Venus Williams will sit out the final round at Wimbledon. Germany’s Angelique Kerber overpowered Venus 6-4, 6-4 in today’s semifinals to eliminate her in straight sets. Kerber will face defending champion Serena Williams in Saturday’s final. Serena advanced today with a two-set victory over Russia’s Elena Vesnina.
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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.