NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Mayor Rahm Emanuel, New Police Chief Silent About Chicago Cops Lying Under Oath


Chicago Mayor, Police Union Silent About Probe Of Lying Cops

recent Chicago Tribune investigation has documented more than a dozen examples in which officers within the Chicago Police Department have given false testimony, but experienced few, if any, repercussions.

As a result of this, police officers have been able to testify in court with little fear of prosecution or discipline.

The U.S. Department of Justice is currently conducting a civil rights investigation into the Chicago Police Department, and has requested that the Cook County public defender’s office report any case with evidence that officers made false testimonies in court.

The only exception to this underlying rule is in cases where video proves testimony of a police officer to be false. In those few cases, prosecutors have acted to reprimand those officers.

This leads us to question cases where no video is available; will officers in Chicago continue to give false testimony in court without any charges of perjury?

Steve Mills, a reporter for The Chicago Tribune, joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss the Chicago Tribune report that revealed the rampant lying of Chicago cops under oath, and the impact their tales is having on circumventing justice in the Windy City.

North Carolina & The DOJ Sue Each Other Over State’s Controversial Bathroom Bill

The highly controversial fight over a new bathroom law in North Carolina appears to be shifting to federal court.

North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory is officially suing the Obama administration over a state law limiting public restroom access for transgender people.

The so-called “bathroom law” passed in March and Prohibits people from using public restrooms not corresponding to their biological sex. The federal government is not backing down but instead firing back with a lawsuit of their own.

The US Justice Department filed A complaint asking a federal district court in North Carolina to declare that the state is violating the 1964 Civil Rights Act and ordered the state to stop enforcing the ban.

North Carolina is already paying a price for standing by the law, losing an estimated two-hundred-million dollars in revenue from canceled events. Plus, Attorney General Lynch says the government can curb funding to North Carolina’s department of safety and the University of North Carolina.

Paul Butler, a Professor with Georgetown University Law joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss the battle over the “bathroom law.”

Teen Suspended from School for “Smelling” Like Weed, Despite Clean Drug Test

A high school student in Garner North Carolina was suspended after being accused of smelling like Marijuana

Jakayla Johnson, a sophomore at Garner Magnet High School, says a school resource officer smelled marijuana in the hall and interrupted her class looking for the smell. The officer singled Jakayla out after only a few minutes of searching–claiming her hand smelled like weed.

Jakayla’s mother Tameka, a nurse, was alerted on the matter and responded to the school. She immediately took her daughter to get a drug test, which came back negative. 

Tameka brought the results to the school hoping to get the suspension reversed, and possibly an apology, only to be told her daughter was being suspended for possession, even though no drugs were ever found.

We contacted the school and they issued a written statement.

“If a student is suspended, he/she is provided information on how to file an appeal or grievance. If it’s a first time offense not involving distribution of an illegal substance, our policy offers students a short term suspension if they agree to participate in a corrective action or counseling program. Our policy allows students to enroll in the required counseling, but not complete the program until after they’ve had their suspension appeal hearing, which would allow them to return to school while they’re waiting for their appeal hearing.”

Jakayla Johnson and her mother,Tameka Johnson joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss the accusations made against her daughter. 

Living With Alzheimer’s: B. Smith And Husband, Dan Gasby Discuss Their Book, “Before I Forget”

B. Smith is known to keep extremely busy with fashion, running restaurants and writing books.

So when she was struck with early on-set Alzheimer’s Disease, no one was more surprised than B. and her husband and business partner Dan Gasby.

Alzheimer’s is usually associated with people ages 65 and older. However, it can strike people as young as their early 40’s. All together, 5.4 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s.

In fact, every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops the disease and African-Americans are twice as likely to develop late-onset Alzheimer’s than whites.

Instead of running from Alzheimer’s, B. and Dan choose to go public in an effort to help others struggling with the disease.  They’ve written about their experiences in the New York Times best selling book, “Before I Forget: Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance in Our Fight Against Alzheimer’s.”

Here is a quote from the book:

“Christmas is coming, and for the first time in our 22 years together, we’ve gotten an artificial tree. We love the real ones, but I just realized we can’t take the chance. What if B. lights a candle beside the tree while I’m down at the beach walking Bishop? The whole house could go up in flames.”

B. Smith and Dan Gasby spoke with Roland Martin about living with Alzheimer’s and the impact the debilitating disease has on it’s victims as well as their families.

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

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