President Obama Visits Flint Amid #Flint Water Crisis
President Obama touched down in Flint, Michigan for the first time since the beginning of the Flint water crisis.
Whe President Obama arrived in Flint his day started with a neighborhood roundtable and a meeting with local government officials which included Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver.
In addition to meetings with government leaders, the President accepted Gov. Snyder’s recent request to drink the city’s filtered water, taking a sip at a press briefing where he explained how the crisis was part of a larger issue.
While Flint residents welcomed President Obama with open arms, Michigan Governor, Rick Snyder, wasn’t able to win folks over Wednesday.
At its peak, the water crisis left nearly 9,000 children exposed to lead from drinking contaminated water, and about 5,ooo homes in need of lead pipe replacements.
Mayor Karen Weaver and Flint Resident David McGhee joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss Mr. Obama’s visit to the devastated city and if the president’s arrival will force lawmakers to do more to make the city whole.
New Details In The Death Investigation Of Prince
Stunning new details are emerging surrounding the death of Prince one week ago today. Minnesota attorney Bill Mauzy announced in a news conference yesterday that a nationally renowned doctor who deals with addictions was sought by people close to Prince to lead an emergency medical intervention for addiction to painkillers.
Mauzy claims on April 20th, Prince’ss representatives contacted his client Doctor Howard Kornfeld, to treat Prince immediately. Kornfeld couldn’t fly to Minnesota on such short notice so he sent his son Andrew Kornfeld, a pre-med student and a consultant at his father’s Recovery Without Walls practice.
Mauzy says Andrew Kornfeld took a red eye from California to Minnesota last Thursday morning for a meeting with Prince and a local doctor, but the singer was a no-show.
That’s when Kornfeld headed to Prince’s Paisley Park compound. He was met by two workers for Prince and they began to look for him in the 65,000-square foot compound.
According to Mauzy, it was Kornfeld who found Prince slumped in an elevator, and he called 91 1 because the two workers for Prince were too distraught.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration announced they are joining local officials in investigating Prince’s death. Autopy results on the 57-year- old superstar singer have not been revealed pending toxicology reports.
Pastor Recounts Harrowing Details Of Violent Assault By Chicago Cops
Reverend Catherine Brown and her two small children were on their way home when a speeding Chicago Police squad car with no emergency lights rammed into her car.
Dash cam video captured at the scene recorded the brutal encounter with Chicago Police as they dragged Rev. Brown out of the car and pepper sprayed her. One of the officers involved in the violent incident was seen smiling in the direction of the police dash camera as Rev. Brown was being brutally assaulted, all while her children watched in horror.
Amazingly, the incident resulted in Brown being charged with attempted murder for the 2013 encounter. After waiting for two and a half years to go to trial, Rev. Brown was found not guilty of the charge, but the officers involved in her beating remained on the job.
Rev. Brown spoke with Roland Martin about her brutally violent encounter and the impact of the assault during Thursday’s edition of NewsOne Now.
During the legal proceedings, officers allegedly lied about their conduct: “The officers had the nerve to lie on my eight-year-old child — they said that my eight-year-old child fought the officers.”
“She was in second grade, she was so scared, she was screaming uncontrollably,” said Brown. “For me to hear thatOfficer [Jose] Lopez and Officer [Michelle] Murphy would lie in such a way was devastating to me and my child.”
Rev. Brown’s children have attended counseling as a result of witnessing the assault on their mother, but her oldest child is still dealing with the trauma and is afraid of police. Brown told Martin, “She is still suffering, she is still under therapy and I just trust God that one day she will be able to trust the police again.”
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast.