Sheriff Gives More Details In McKnight Shooting
A Louisiana sheriff says road rage is to blame for the shooting death of former NFL running back Joe McKnight. Jefferson County Sheriff Newell Normand said both men acted irresponsibly after McKnight apparently cut off Ronald Gasser in traffic last Thursday. The sheriff said that led to a verbal argument with McKnight standing at Gasser’s window. That’s when Gasser claims he fired his weapon out of fear. The suspect was arrested yesterday and charged with manslaughter. McKnight played for the Jets for three years following a standout career at USC.
NAACP Reacts To Slager Mistrial
The NAACP is “deeply frustrated” with the decision to declare a mistrial in the murder case against an ex-South Carolina police officer who killed an unarmed black man. Former North Charleston officer Michael Slager shot and killed Walter Scott after a traffic stop in April 2015. NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks says the mistrial is a “disappointing delay in the delivery of justice.” Brooks noted that the jury couldn’t come to a unanimous decision despite cell phone video that showed Slager opening fire as Scott ran away from him.
DC Mayor Wraps Up Trump Visit
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has met with President-elect Donald Trump. In a wide-ranging, 45-minute discussion at Trump Tower, Bowser says she touched on DC’s independence from the federal government. She also talked about DC statehood and public safety. Trump will become Washington’s most notable resident after January 20th, even though the city might not be quick to welcome him. Only four-percent of District residents voted for him.
Catherine Pugh Takes Oath As Baltimore’s New Mayor
Baltimore’s new mayor is on the job. Catherine Pugh took the oath of office this morning at the War Memorial building near City Hall. Pugh is now the 50th chief executive of Maryland’s largest city. The Democrat takes over from former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who decided not to seek re-election.
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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.