White House: French Truck Attack Investigated As Terror Attack
White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the deadly truck attack in France is being investigated as a terrorist act. He said President Obama called France’s President Francois Hollande to offer condolences and offer any assistance that may be needed. Earnest said investigators are looking into any connections the suspect may have had with extremist organizations. Over 80 people were killed when a man in a truck plowed into crowds of people during Bastille Day celebrations in the seaside town of Nice last night.
No Indictment Against Officer In Jacai Colson Shooting
A police officer who killed another police officer in Maryland won’t face charges. After a long investigation, a grand jury declined to indict Prince George’s County Police Officer Taylor Krauss for the friendly fire death of Officer Jacai Colson. The two were involved in a shootout with Michael Ford, who allegedly attacked the county police headquarters in March while Ford’s brothers Malik and Elijah captured video of the assault on their phones. The Fords are being held without bond, and have a trial set for October. Colson’s family says they’re disappointed in the grand jury’s decision not to prosecute the officer.
Alton Sterling Funeral Open To Public Today
Funeral services are underway in Baton Rouge for Alton Sterling, the Louisiana man whose police shooting death was caught on camera. Sterling’s family is calling for the community to come together at Southern University’s F.G. Clark Activity Center. The Reverend Jesse Jackson is among dignitaries who are scheduled to attend. Sterling was shot and killed by a Baton Rouge officer in a controversial altercation that helped spark national protests over police brutality against blacks last week.
Community To “March In Solidarity” Tonight In Annapolis
A “March in Solidarity” is planned for this evening in Annapolis. “The Capital Gazette” reports the community march is intended to demonstrate solidarity after the shootings of two young black men in Baton Rouge and Minneapolis, and the sniper attack that killed five Dallas police officers. Marchers will begin gathering at Wiley H. Bates Middle School at 7:00 for a 7:15 start and will proceed down West and Main Streets to City Dock.
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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.