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Mayor And Police Commissioner Want Police Retraining

The New York City Police Department is going to be retrained.  At a press conference today, Mayor Bill de Blasio said this must happen because “the people demanded it.”  The three-day program will focus on communication and problem-solving.  This comes a day after a grand jury cleared an NYPD cop in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. 

DC Residents Pay Respects To The Late Marion Barry

Members of the public are filing through to pay their respects to the late Marion Barry, whose body is lying in repose today at the Wilson Building.  A ceremony was held earlier this morning as Barry’s body arrived at city hall.  His body will lie in repose through tomorrow morning, after which a public procession will be held.  Barry died November 23 at the age of 78.

Three Teens Arrested In Clinton Murder

Three teenagers are under arrest after another teenager was killed in Clinton.  Police say 17-year-old Israel Alas of Clinton was found stabbed to death at Tanglewood Park yesterday and the suspects thought he was involved with a rival gang.  Fifteen-year-old Blas Rosales-Cordona and 16-year-olds Marco Matute and Ever Lopez, all of Temple Hills, are charged as adults with murder.  Investigators say there’s no evidence linking the victim to a gang.

Investigation Of Substitute Teacher Continues

Montgomery County police say they want to hear from any other possible victims of a substitute teacher already linked to the sexual abuse of four students.  Fifty-year-old Jose Pineda of Gaithersburg is accused of inappropriately touching a female student at Roberto Clemente Middle School.  Three more female students at other schools have since made similar charges.  Police say beyond that, nine other female students have reported Pineda touched them, although those acts are not believed to warrant criminal charges.

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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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