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Chicago Police Superintendent Fired

The head of Chicago’s police force is out of a job.  Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy was fired today, just days after a white Chicago cop was charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a black teenager.  At a press conference, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he formally asked for McCarthy’s resignation this morning.  Officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times — however it took over a year for the officer to be charged.

DC Council To Vote On Body Cameras Today

The controversial subject of body cameras on DC police officers will come to a vote today.  The DC Council is expected to vote on if legislation will equip 28-hundred officers with cameras.  Analysts call DC’s proposal the toughest and most expansive body camera program in the country.  Critics wonder if it will invade the privacy of people being recorded.

Jury Selection Continues In Freddie Gray Trial

Day two of jury selection is underway in the trial of William Porter, the first Baltimore police officer to face charges in the death of Freddie Gray.  Today, a fresh pool of 75 potential jurors is being questioned both in open court and behind closed doors.  Like yesterday, everyone in the new panel indicated they were familiar with the case.  Porter is facing involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct charges in connection with Gray’s death last April while in police custody.  The judge said again today that he expects the trial to wrap-up by December 17th.

World AIDS Day

Today is World AIDS Day.  It’s an opportunity for people all over the world to come together in the fight against HIV, show their support for folks living with the disease, and to remember those who have died.  People are encouraged to wear a red ribbon today to show their support.  Organizers say it’s an important reminder to the public that the virus has not gone away and there is still a crucial need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education.

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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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