In The News @ 2:30

Mom Pleads For Special Prosecutor

The mother of Tamir Rice says a special prosecutor needs to investigate the shooting death of her son by a Cleveland police officer.  At a news conference today, the family’s lawyer said an independent prosecutor is necessary for the family, community and nation to have some assurance that last year’s shooting of the 12-year-old is scrutinized fairly.  The Cleveland Police Department has a history of investigations waged by the Department of Justice regarding police use of force.  Samaria Rice says the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor should step down and allow for a special prosecutor to take control of the criminal investigation.  There is a federal civil rights case also being pursued in the shooting death.

Brothel Owner Details Lamar Odom’s Fateful Stay

The owner of the Nevada brothel where Lamar Odom was found unresponsive is providing new details about the former NBA star’s wild partying.  Love Ranch owner Dennis Hof [[ hawf ]] tells NBC News that Odom paid 75-grand to have two women with him for a five-day, round-the-clock service known as the “girlfriend experience.”  The two women would be on hand for sex, as well as more domestic activities like cooking, watching TV and going out to dinner.  Odom has been on life support since he was first hospitalized Tuesday.

Group Plans To Release Police Improvement Plan

Community organizers, led by former NAACP President Benjamin Jealous are expected to release a six-point plan today to improve policing in Baltimore.  The plan includes firing corrupt police officers and removing gag orders from misconduct settlements.  It also calls for the city to distribute body cameras to all police officers within a year and make the video available to the public.  A Baltimore police spokesman says Interim Police Chief Kevin Davis is willing to sit down and and discuss the plan.

“K” Street Murder Victim Identified

DC police are identifying the man who died in a deadly double stabbing along “K” Street, Northwest.  No one has been arrested yet in last night’s murder of 24-year-old Joel Midgett of Northwest.  A second man was treated at the hospital for a non-life threatening injury.  There’s no word yet on a possible motive in the case.

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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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