NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Ex-Cop Michael Slager Indicted In The Killing Of Walter Scott, George Zimmerman Attempts To Auction Gun Used To Kill Trayvon Martin, HIV Infection Rate In Atlanta Reaches Epidemic Levels



Ex-Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager Indicted In The Killing Of Walter Scott

On Wednesday, a federal grand jury indicted former officer Michael Slager on three charges.

Scott was shot and killed while running away during a traffic stop in North Charleston, South Carolina on April fourth 2015. The entire shooting was caught on cellphone video and Slager’s account of the story had several inconsistencies.

Slager is charged with deprivation of rights under color of law. He was also charged with use of a weapon during commission of a crime of violence and obstruction of justice.

The federal indictment alleges Slager intentionally misled investigators by claiming Scott was coming toward him with a taser, when in truth Scott was running away.

Slager was previously charged with murder in state court and is free on bond. His state trial is set for October 31st.

L.Chris Stewart, attorney for the Scott family joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss the indictment of Slager and how this case could possibly impact other cases involving police shootings in the future.

George Zimmerman To Auction Gun Used To Kill Trayvon Martin

George Zimmerman says he will auction the 9-millimeter pistol he used to kill Trayvon Martin in 20-12 and  hopes to raise $5,000 from the sale of the firearm. 

Zimmerman wants the money raised from the sale to be used to fight Black Lives Matter violence against Law Enforcement officers, to ensure the demise of Angela Correy’s, who served as the special prosecutor of his case and battle Hillary Clinton’s anti-firearm rhetoric. 

During a phone interview with Oralando’s WOFL News, Zimmerman explained why he wants to auction off the gun now that the Justice Department has returned it to him.

Once Trayvon Martin’s family heard of Zimmerman’s intentions, they issued the following response:

“The Trayvon Martin Foundation is committed to its mission of ending senseless gun violence in the United States. This election season, we are laser focused on furthering that mission. As such, the foundation has no comment on the actions of that person.”

Lack Of HIV Treatment Funding In Black America Is Enabling Epidemic Infection Rates

The HIV/AIDS rate is so high in certain areas of Atlanta that doctors are comparing it to that of developing African countries. The co-director of Emory University’s Center for AIDS Research Center, Dr. Carlos del Rio, was quoted as saying“Downtown Atlanta is as bad as Zimbabwe.” 

Recently released studies show that HIV/AIDS in Atlanta, Georgia is so widespread, doctors and scientists are calling it an epidemic and comparing it to the outbreak in New York during the 1980s.

A 2014 Emory University Center for AIDS report included the following statistics about the deadly disease:

  • Atlanta ranks fifth in new infections
  • The southern region of the United States has the highest risk of contracting HIV
  • 1 in 6 men having sex with men risk infection
  • 1 in 473 heterosexual men risk infection

A 2016 prediction from the CDC estimated that 1 in 51 Georgians will contract HIV in their lifetime, making Georgia only second in that regard to Louisiana. 

Factors contributing to the increase in HIV infections in the African-American community include racial disparities in health care, poverty, the lack of HIV education, and the lack of funding for education and prevention programs.

On Thursday’s edition of NewsOne Now, Roland Martin spoke with an expert panel of guests about the shocking HIV/AIDS epidemic in Atlanta, why the disease seems to be spreading uncontrollably in the city, and what can be done to reverse the trend.

Martin’s panel of expert guests included:

  • Dr. David Malebranche: Physician working in the field of HIV/AIDS, both research and clinical. Expertise in Men’s Health, LGBT Health, and the clinical prevention and management of HIV and sexually transmitted infections.
  • Dr. Dazon Dixon-Diallo: Executive Director of Sister Love in Atlanta, which is an International HIV organization.
  • Dr. Cleo Manago: Behavioral Health Expert/CEO, Black Men’s Xchange
  • Devin Barrington-Ward: HIV Advocate
  • Earl D Fowlkes, Jr: President and CEO of the Center for Black Equity
  • Avis Jones-DeWeever, Ph.D.: Leadership Strategist, Exceptional Leadership Institute for Women

90-Day Fibroid Elimination Program May Be Alternative Cure To Help Black Women Defeat The Condition

Fibroids are a common, painful problem that affect African-American women at alarming rates.

They can range from the size of an apple seed, to a grapefruit. Though it is unclear as to why they develop, fibroids are muscular tumors that grow on the wall of the uterus, and they are almost always benign.

According to statistics, 70 percent of White women and 90 percent of Black women have had fibroids by age fifty. As a result of the often times debilitating condition, more than 200,000 hysterectomies are performed each year for uterine fibroids.

The cost for treating uterine fibroids has exceeded $2.3 billion in annual direct health care costs.

Despite the staggering statistics, a team of medical specialists have helped some women beat the odds with a new fibroid fighting plan called the 90-Day Hope Beyond Fibroids Elimination Program.

On Thursday’s edition of NewsOne Now, representatives from the program spoke with Roland Martin about the causes of fibroids and what their program offers that can help women overcome the condition.

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

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