NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Pres. Obama Calls For Sweeping Police Reforms

After a vociferous outcry over the high-profile deaths of unarmed Black men who died at the hands of White police officers in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City, President Barack Obama on Monday called for sweeping reforms of police tactics in cities across the nation.

Roland Martin and the “NewsOne Now” Straight Talk panel discuss President Obama’s call for sweeping reforms of police tactics in cities across the nation.

LAPD Shoots Homeless Man Dead In Downtown L.A.

On Sunday a homeless man got into an altercation with LAPD officers resulting in his death. According to the LAPD, the man who some have identified as “Africa,” reached for an officer’s fire arm and was shot dead.

Roland Martin and the “NewsOne Now” panel questioned the LAPD’s use of deadly force after the man had been allegedly tasered and subdued by a number of officers.

Cleveland Mayor Apologizes For Language Used In The City’s Tamir Rice Lawsuit Response 

On Friday, the City of Cleveland issued a 41-page report in response to a Rice family lawsuit, stating that the all the injuries claimed “were directly and proximately caused by their own acts, not this Defendant.” It also says that the 12-year-old’s shooting death was caused “by the failure … to exercise due care to avoid injury.”

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson on Monday pedalled back from the city’s response, and apologized for the city’s “poor use of words and our insensitivity” in the matter, according to CNN.

Roland Martin and the “NewsOne Now” Straight talk panel discussed the callous nature exhibited by officials in Cleveland as it relates to the Tamir Rice case.

All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast.

  • Kevj1

    Tamir Rice took his toy gun to the rec center with his sister. Once inside
    he showed it to his friends, who ran around the center pointing it at other kids playing, or studying until one of the centers advisors stopped them and escorted Tamir to the exit. There were 7 people shot on the grounds around the rec center by two rival gangs within the last 7 days. There were 5 stabbings, 4 hold-ups, 2 Auto thefts, 9 property damaging calls all in the week prior to the shooting death of this twelve year old child.
    Three hours after the shooting, the boy’s Mother was on local television stating that she “Would SUE the City” for what they did to her boy. I get her anger and her pain. I have a daughter that died on my son’s birthday. But, I have never heard her take some responsibility for what happened, or his older sister who knew he had that gun, and watched him get escorted out of the rec center. The police are to take some blame also, but not all of it. If not for the child pointing a real looking toy at people, this event would not have happened. RiP.