Charges Filed In Death Of PG Firefighter
A man linked to the shooting death of a Prince George’s County firefighter is under indictment on charges that don’t include murder. A grand jury has indicted Darrell Lumpkin on gun charges in the April incident that left 37-year-old John Ulmschneider dead. When Ulmschneider and another firefighter went to Lumpkin’s home in Temple Hills in response to a medical welfare check, Lumpkin reportedly says he thought it was a home invasion so he fired in self-defense. Authorities say Lumpkin was not allowed to own a gun due to his prior criminal record.
Obama To Take Part In Town Hall On Race Relations
Race relations will be the topic for President Obama’s televised town hall-style meeting tonight. It is a joint production of ABC News and ESPN. The event follows last week’s police shooting deaths of two young black men in Louisiana and Minnesota. Later in the week, five Dallas police officers were killed in a sniper ambush. A news release from ABC and ESPN calls the town hall a “national conversation about race relations, justice, policing and equality.”
Judge To Issue Verdict Monday in Latest Freddie Gray Officer Trial
A Baltimore judge says he will issue his verdict on Monday morning in the latest trial of a police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray. The judge heard closing arguments today in the case against Lieutenant Brian Rice, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct. Prosecutors say Rice’s actions “formed a chain” that ended in Gray’s death last year, including failing to seat-belt him in a police transport van. Defense attorneys describe Rice’s actions as “reasonable” because seat-belting an uncooperative Gray in the confined space of the vehicle was too risky because a gathering crowd was growing unruly.
Pence Reportedly Trump’s Pick For Running Mate
Donald Trump is reportedly picking Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate. Multiple reports cite an unnamed Republican source as saying Pence is the choice. Trump will formally unveil his pick tomorrow morning. The 57-year old Pence is a former congressman who is completing his first term as governor of Indiana. He served more than ten years in Congress.
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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.