In The News @ 3:30

Analysts Say Venue Will Play Big Role In Gray Cases

Legal analysts say the judge’s decision on where the six Baltimore cops charged in the Freddie Gray case will be tried plays a major role in the outcomes of their trials.  The judge ruled today the trials will be held in Baltimore, but said some of the trials could eventually be moved if lawyers are unable to seat an impartial jury.  Gray died in April of a spinal cord injury while in police custody.

Walter Scott Family Not Moved By Evidence Claims

The family of a black man shot and killed by a white South Carolina cop says new evidence doesn’t change their mind about the case.  Former Officer Michael Slager is set for a new bond hearing today and his attorney is trying to get him out of jail, where he’s awaiting trial on murder charges.  Slager is accused of killing Walter Scott, who prosecutors say was unarmed.  He was shot repeatedly while running from the officer back in early April in an incident caught on camera. 

Bill Bratton Offers Apology For Wrongful Arrest Of James Blake

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton is apologizing to former tennis great James Blake for being wrongfully arrested outside a Manhattan  hotel.  He says Blake remarkably resembled an identity theft suspect they’d been looking for.Bratton says he doesn’t think race played a role in the arrest of the African-American Blake, who told the “New York Daily News” it was probably a factor.  Blake said he was waiting for a ride yesterday to the U.S. Open when he was suddenly thrown to the ground and handcuffed by undercover cops.

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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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