06-24-2018  1:45 pm      •     
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NEWS BRIEFS

AG Rosenblum Seeks Info from Oregonians

Oregon Attorney General seeks information on children separated from families at border ...

Community Forum: How Does Law Enforcement Interact With Vulnerable Populations?

Forum will focus on public safety and examine mental health and addiction issues ...

King County Council Recognizes Juneteenth

The Metropolitan King County Council recognizes a true 'freedom day' in the United States ...

Unite Oregon Hosts ‘Mourn Pray Love, and Take Action’ June 20

Community is invited to gather at Terry Schrunk Plaza at 6 p.m. on World Refugee Day ...

MRG Foundation Announces Spring 2018 Grantees

Recipients include Oregon DACA Coalition, Kúkátónón Children’s African Dance Troupe, Komemma Cultural Protection Association ...

18-year-old driver dies after colliding with log truck

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police say an 18-year-old girl has died after colliding with a log truck on Highway 101 near Beaver.Law enforcement officials say Mikayla Michelle Howard was driving a 2003 Saab when it crossed into the other lane for an unknown reason on Friday morning....

Marion County deputies investigating suspicious death

LYONS, Ore. (AP) — Law enforcement officials are investigating after a man was found dead in a pond near his home in Lyons.The Marion County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called to the scene Saturday afternoon after the body was found. Detectives also responded to the scene because the...

New Mexico residents to testify on atomic bomb fallout

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Residents of a New Mexico Hispanic village near the site of the world's first atomic bomb test say they were long ignored about the lingering health effects and were expected to share their stories with Congress.The Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium plans to...

Small plane hits car after missing runway near Snohomish

SNOHOMISH, Wash. (AP) — A small plane hit a car after overshooting the runway at an airfield near Snohomish.The Seattle Times reports that three people, including a child, were in a single-engine plane when it was approaching the Harvey Air Field on Saturday.Lt. Rick Hawkins of the Snohomish...

OPINION

How Washington’s 'School Achievement Index' Became School Spending Index

New assessment categorizes schools not by quality of education, but level of funding officials believe they should receive ...

Black Mamas Are Dying. We Can Stop It.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly plans to improve access to culturally-competent care with the MOMMA Act ...

Hey, Elected Officials: No More Chicken Dinners...We Need Policy

Jeffrey Boney says many elected officials who visit the Black community only during the election season get a pass for doing nothing ...

Juneteenth: Freedom's Promise Still Denied

Juneteenth is a celebration of the de facto end of slavery, but the proliferation of incarceration keeps liberation unfulfilled ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Authorities investigating fatal Minneapolis police shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota state authorities are investigating after Minneapolis police shot and killed a black man they say was firing a handgun as he walked outside.A demonstration was planned for Sunday afternoon at a police precinct headquarters and a vigil near the north Minneapolis...

Jews, Muslims in Berlin team up on bike rides against hatred

BERLIN (AP) — Some 25 Jews and Muslims rode tandem bicycles through the German capital on Sunday in a protest against growing anti-Semitism and attacks on Muslims in the country.Some were rabbis and imams, others included women in headscarves and Jewish community members donning skullcaps...

Association removes Laura Ingalls Wilder's name from award

CHICAGO (AP) — A division of the American Library Association has voted to remove Laura Ingalls Wilder's name from a major children's book award over concerns with how the early-to-mid 20th century author portrayed blacks and Native Americans.The Association for Library Service to Children's...

ENTERTAINMENT

Brigitte Nielsen, 54, has given birth to her fifth child

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brigitte Nielsen says she has given birth at age 54.The model, actress and reality star and her 39-year-old husband Mattia Dessi released a statement to People magazine Saturday saying their daughter Frida was born Friday in Los Angeles and weighed 5 pounds, 9 ounces (2.3...

Association removes Laura Ingalls Wilder's name from award

CHICAGO (AP) — A division of the American Library Association has voted to remove Laura Ingalls Wilder's name from a major children's book award over concerns with how the early-to-mid 20th century author portrayed blacks and Native Americans.The Association for Library Service to Children's...

'Jurassic World' sequel stomps its way to 0 million debut

NEW YORK (AP) — The dinosaurs still rule the box office."Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" surpassed expectations to open with 0 million in ticket sales in U.S. and Canada theaters over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. While that total didn't approach the record-breaking...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Saudi women in driver's seat as longstanding ban is lifted

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi women steered their way through busy city streets on Sunday, driving to...

Trump officials pledge to reunite families amid border chaos

Trump administration officials say the U.S. government knows the location of all children in its custody after...

Trump tweets, hard-right voters hamper GOP immigration push

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican apprehension over President Donald Trump's next tweet and fear of riling...

Kushner rips Abbas, says Mideast peace plan due 'soon'

JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser said in an interview published...

US Defense chief to visit China amid S. China Sea tensions

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who has accused China of "intimidation and coercion" in...

Libyan coast guard intercepts 450 migrants bound for Europe

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard intercepted Sunday some 460 African migrants, including dozens of children...

by Roberto Alejandro, Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper

Baltimore City officials are walking a tightrope as they seek to balance the public’s right-to-know and frustration against protecting the integrity of the investigation into the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody.

“I recognize that there’s frustration over this investigation,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on April 24, speaking to members of the local and national media at City Hall. “But I want to be clear: there is a process, and we have to respect that process. In order to have justice, and not just seek justice, the investigation has to follow procedures.”

Surrounded by clergy members from the Baltimore area, the mayor offered condolences to the family of Gray, the West Baltimore man who died on April 19, one week after suffering three broken vertebrae in his neck and a crushed voice box while in police custody on April 12. Rawlings-Blake also praised demonstrators for staging what had been peaceful protests, said she demanded answers in what happened to Gray, and indicated that all information collected by the Baltimore Police Department in the investigation of Gray’s death would be turned over to Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby on May 1 for independent review.

The city has seen five straight days of demonstrations—with a major action planned for April 25—from residents demanding not only answers, but indictments. Many protestors have expressed frustration with what feels to them like the glacial pace of information being released by the city about what happened to Gray; but as Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said at his own press conference about two hours after the mayor’s press conference, doing otherwise could compromise the very quest for accountability the community is seeking.

“What you see us tap dancing on and balancing here is that if someone harmed Freddie Gray, we’re going to have to prosecute. And so giving too much information out to you on the front here now may jeopardize that prosecution. So we’re trying to be as open and transparent as possible, but if somebody harmed him, they have to be held accountable, and we don’t want to give all the information that we have.”

The commissioner did give a number of updates of what he said the Baltimore Police Department’s investigation had uncovered so far. Gray was not secured with a seat-belt in the transportation wagon that was transporting him from the scene of the arrest to the Western District police station, “as he should have been,” said Batts.

“No excuses for that, period,” said the commissioner.

Batts also said that officers failed to provide Gray with medical attention “in a timely manner, multiple times.”

Later on in the press conference, Baltimore Police Deputy Commissioner Kevin Davis, after describing the foot chase that ended in Gray’s apprehension on the 1700 block of Presbury St., said, “And quite frankly, that’s exactly where Freddie Gray should’ve received medical attention.”

According to Batts, five of the six suspended officers have given statements, while one has continued to invoke his or her “rights.” Because of the nature of the investigation, officers are protected both by their Fifth Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution against self-incrimination, as well as their rights under Maryland’s law enforcement officer’s bill of rights, which gives police officers 10 business days to attain legal counsel before they can be questioned in an administrative (internal) investigation. It was not clear which set of rights the officer was invoking.

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