Slager To Plead Guilty In Shooting Death Of Black Man, DC Council Confirms Police Chief Peter Newsham

Slager To Plead Guilty In Shooting Death Of Black Man

A former South Carolina police officer filmed shooting a black man is reportedly going to plead guilty in connection with his federal civil rights case. Michael Slager, who is white, allegedly shot Walter Scott several times in 2015 as Scott was running away. Slager is charged with violating federal civil rights by killing the man without legal justification. A trial in December ended with a hung jury. If he pleads guilty today, he could avoid a trial and possibly receive a lesser sentence.

DC Council Confirms Police Chief Peter Newsham

Peter Newsham has been confirmed as the next chief of DC Police. The DC Council made the action official this morning on a 12-1 vote. Only Independent Councilman David Grosso voted against Newsham’s appointment. Mayor Muriel Bowser nominated the 52-year-old in February to replace former Chief Cathy Lanier. Newsham has been with the department since 1989, and was Assistant Chief for 14 years.

 

Governor Says Fans’ Treatment of Jones ‘Shameful’

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is calling fans’ treatment of Orioles outfielder Adam Jones “unacceptable” and “shameful.” Baker said on Twitter today, “This is not what Massachusetts & Boston are about.” Jones, who is black, says Red Sox fans shouted a racial slur and tossed a bag of peanuts at him during last night’s game at Fenway Park. The Red Sox organization says it is still reviewing the incidents.

United CEO Says Airline Breached Public Trust

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz is again apologizing for the mistreatment of a passenger last month. The incident, in which a man was physically dragged off a plane for refusing to give up his seat to a commuting crewmember, was recorded by travelers, and the video went viral. During an appearance today before the House Transportation Committee, Munoz apologized for a “serious breach of public trust.” The airline has also reached a settlement with the passenger, David Dao. Other airline executives are also appearing before the House panel, which is asking questions about customer service.

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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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