A Baltimore Police Officer Resigns As Fall-Out Continues Over Violent Video, Renewed Calls for Metro’s GM to Step Down, Well-Wishes Pouring In for the Queen of Soul

The Queen of Soul is seriously ill…

News outlets are reporting that the Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin is seriously ill.  The 76 year old music legion canceled several planned concerts earlier this year.  This after her doctor recommended that she rest up and stay off the road.  No other details have been released.

Aretha Franklin began singing as a child in her churches gospel choir at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit.  Her father C.L. Franklin was the minister. In fact, she still lives in her home city of Detroit. Doctor’s are not saying anything about her condition. A friend of the family read a statement this morning on a local TV station stating that Aretha is asking the people of the city of Detroit where she calls home to pray for her.

Aretha is a 18 time Grammy Award winning singer and song writer. Earlier this year, she became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame.

Double-decker from DC crashes in NJ …

A double-decker Ourbus that left Washington, DC last night has crashed into an overpass at Newark Penn Station.  The wreck happened around 11:40pm. There were reportedly 50 passengers on board when the bus hit the Edison Place and Alling Street overpass. Two people were seriously injured. Everyone is expected to survive.

The bus is operated by Liberty Coach, which is out of Pennsylvania. According to their records, the company has not had a crash in the past two years. The investigation into the cause is ongoing.

Metro GM asked to resign for allowing separate train for white nationalists…

There is a growing call for Metro General Manager Wiedefeld to step down as the head of the District’s Metro Transportation System. It follows this weekend’s decision to give the white nationalist in town for the Unite the Right 2 rally their own train.

Metro Union President Jackie Jeter says they “lied. The public was reassured that no one would be given special riding privileges on Metro trains.”

DC Police escorted the less than 30 rally goers from the Vienna Metro Station onto a train and officer’s directed other passengers to take another train. This service on a separate train car was used going and coming from Lafayette Square in DC.

There were no clashes between rally goers and the thousands of counter-protestors. DC Police said their goal would be to keep the two sides separate which they did. One person was arrested for simple assault. A man from Pennsylvania who spat on two Virginia Police Officers was the only person who was taken into custody.

Baltimore Officer resigns after video of him beating a black man…

The Baltimore police officer caught on cell phone violently beating a 26-year-old man because he would not show him his ID is circulating this morning. The officer who has been identified as Arthur Williams has since resigned. Sources say he’s been on the force for just a little over a year.

Interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle who has accepted the officer’s resignation suspended him at first. The commissioner also said that he was “deeply “disturbed” by the incident.

The video shows a black police officer throwing a number of punches at the man who reportedly refused to show ID on Saturday. The man never fought back. In the video, the man’s blood is seen pooling on the sidewalk where he fell and the officer is seen putting his arm on his neck and adding pressure. A second officer who was there and seen standing right next to the officer during the entire attack has been placed on administrative duties. A full investigation is expected to be conducted.

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