Officer Who Shot, Killed Tamir Rice Is Fired, Former NAACP President Expected To Run For Maryland Governor

Officer Who Shot, Killed Tamir Rice Is Fired

The Cleveland police officer who shot and killed a 12-year-old boy in 2014 is no longer on the force. At a news conference today, officials of the city and police department announced Officer Timothy Loehmann has been fired. Another officer involved in the shooting, Frank Garmback, will serve a ten-day suspension. The officers said they believed Tamir was armed, but an investigation revealed he was holding a toy airsoft pistol.

PGPD Arrest 33-Year-Old Man

Prince George’s County Police are giving more details on a barricade situation in Clinton. Chief Hank Stawinski says neighbors reported seeing a man breaking into a home in the 77-hundred block of Surratts Road around 8:00 this morning. When officers arrived, they reportedly saw 33-year-old Wayne Gardner run out of the building with a shotgun. He allegedly lit the home on fire before dashing into the woods. Garnder barricaded himself in the woodline until officers surrounded him shortly before 10:30 a.m. Chief Stawinski says one person was in the home at the time, but is now safe.

Former NAACP President Expected To Run For Maryland Governor

Former NAACP president Benjamin Jealous is expected to announce this week that he is running for governor of Maryland. The “Washington Post” reports an announcement is scheduled for tomorrow in Baltimore. Jealous, who served as a surrogate for the Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign, supports raising the minimum wage to 15 dollars, criminal justice reform and free community college tuition. He’s joining what is expected to be a crowded field of Democrats looking to challenge incumbent Republican Governor Larry Hogan in next year’s election.

White House Communications Director Out

The man who has been managing communications strategy for the White House is out. Mike Dubke is stepping down as communications director after just three months in the job. NBC News reports Dubke put in his resignation letter earlier this month, but offered to stay on through President Trump’s overseas trip. The offer was accepted. Dubke got the job when Trump’s original choice, transition spokesman Jason Miller, stepped aside before the inauguration.

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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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