NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Prince Autopsy Reveals Singer Died From An Accidental Fentanyl Overdose, Man Awarded $22M In Excessive Force Suit


Here’s What We Know About Fentanyl, The Potent Drug That Killed Prince

Prince’s long-awaited autopsy results reveal the seven-time Grammy winner died from an accidental overdose of the opioid Fentanyl. The 57-year-old music icon was found dead two months ago at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota.

The report, released by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s office, shows Prince self-administered the opioid, which is allegedly fifty times more potent than heroin.

Fentanyl is used mainly for cancer patients, however it is wreaking havoc all over the United States, with people obtaining it illegally and subsequently overdosing.

Federal Prosecutors and the Drug Enforcement Administration are currently investigating how Prince obtained the drug.

During Friday’s edition of NewsOne Now, guest host Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever spoke with Dr. Murray Riggins, who specializes in addiction medicine, about the dangers of the opioid Fentanyl.

Arnold Black Wins $22 Million Excessive Force Suit Against Cleveland Police

An Ohio man was awarded $22 million after being beaten and locked in a storage closet by two East Cleveland police officers for four days.

Arnold Black was arrested in 2012 for allegedly transporting cocaine in his pick-up truck while traveling through East Cleveland. One of the two arresting officers severely beat Black and took him to a local police precinct.

Once they arrived at the location, instead of putting Black in a jail cell, he was locked in a storage closet to hide his injuries. Black spent the next four days in that storage closet with no toilet and was only given a carton of milk to drink.

The police had no evidence to support their case alleging Mr. Black was trafficking illegal narcotics, but the Ohio man was still indicted for possession of cocaine. The case against him was dropped a month later.

Black filed a civil lawsuit against the City of East Cleveland for his four-day detainment, which includes the following allegations: 

  • Malicious Prosecution
  • Abuse of Process
  • Battery
  • False Imprisonment
  • Supervisory Liability
  • Reckless, Wanton, or Willful conduct
  • Civil Conspiracy

ER Doctor Tired Of Seeing Black Men Treated For Gun-Related Violence Launches Initiative To Stop It

The Windy City is just one many American cities being ravaged by this troubling trend of gang violence, lone-wolf shooters, and a rash of other violent crime – resulting in tragedy and Black bodies piling up on the streets of our urban centers.

Emergency room physician Dr. Robert Gore became weary of treating young Black men for gun-related injuries on his operating tables in New York City and in Chicago, so he decided to do something about it.

In 2011, Gore took matters into his own hands and created the Kings Against Violence Initiative in Brooklyn, New York. The organization’s aim is to give at-risk youth alternatives to acting out violently in the streets. The weekly workshops and activities take place in schools, hospitals and in the community, centering on such life skills as crisis management, identity exploration, and critical thinking.

The Urban Kids Fishing Derby Looks To Reconnect Our Youth To The Great Outdoors

staggering number of youth spend a considerable amount of time indoors watching TV, chatting on their phones, texting, or playing video games.

Though these activities may be enjoyable, many can adversely impact the overall health of our youth. So to help kids get outside, the founders of Urban American Outdoors TV created the Urban Kids Fishing Derby.

Their goal is to create future leaders who care about wellness, the health of our planet, and have a true passion for outdoor sports such as fishing.

The organization is currently in the midst of a national tour promoting the fishing derby and will be in Washington, D.C. June 4th; Kansas City, MO, June 18th; and in Cincinnati June, 22nd.

During Friday’s edition of NewsOne NowWayne Hubbard and Candice Price, Founders of Urban Kids Fishing Derby, spoke about their initiative with guest host Avis Jones-DeWeever.

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

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