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President Obama speaks out on the Eric Garner case

President Obama interrupted his address to a Native American group this afternoon to comment on the grand jury decision in the Eric Garner case.  The President said “Now unfortunately we are seeing to many instances where people just do not have confidence that folks are treated fairly.”  No charges will be filed against NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, a white police officer who put a fatal chokehold on the unarmed black man in Staten Island in June.  Pantaleo was captured on video bringing Garner down with a choke hold as Garner resisted arrest for allegedly selling cigarettes illegally.

Cleveland boy killed by police laid to rest

The family and friends of a 12-year-old boy killed by Cleveland police have said their final goodbyes.  The funeral for Tamir Rice was held this morning at Cleveland’s Mount Sinai Baptist Church. The boy was shot last week by officers who say they thought he was holding a real gun outside a recreation center.  The gun turned out to be a toy.

 DC Council Candidate Dies At 34

 A DC Council candidate and the nephew of a former DC School Board president is dead at the age of 34.  A.J. Cooper, whose aunt is Peggy Cooper Cafritz, died of an apparent heart attack today at his mother’s home.  Cooper ran for an Independent Council seat in 2012 and was well known to many young African-Americans as a former host of BET’s “Teen Summit” show.

Marion Barry’s Body To Lie In Repose

The public will get a chance tomorrow to pay respects to the late Marion Barry.  The body of the former DC mayor will lie in repose at the Wilson Building beginning with a ceremony at 9 a.m.  Barry’s body will lie in repose for 24 hours.  On Friday, a public procession will take place as Barry’s body is taken to Temple of Praise in Southeast.

Harold Fisher

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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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