Baton Rouge Police Shoot And Kill An Unarmed Black Man Selling CD’s
Shocking video out of Baton Rouge captured the final minutes of Alton Sterling’s life.
The 37-year-old Black man was shot and killed by Baton Rouge police early Tuesday morning after a confrontation outside of a convenience store.
Alton was forced to the ground by officers and pinned down when they shot him several times in his chest and back.
NBC News reported the police department says the officers were responding to a call of a Black man selling CD’s who allegedly threatened that caller with a gun.
Alton’s murder has sparked outrage and calls for justice on social media as residents in Baton Rouge protest his death at the hands of police.
FBI Recommends Hillary Clinton No Charges In Private Email Server Case
FBI Director James Comey is recommending that no criminal charges be filed against former Secretary Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State. While the FBI Director condemned the Secretary for using private email, he said she did not mean to break any laws.
The Showdown Over Gun Control Continues On Capitol Hill
House democrats took to the floor on Tuesday to resume their push to reduce gun violence in the wake of the Orlando shooting that left 49 dead.
Members staged a 25-hour sit in at the end of June to demand a vote on gun legislation.
This time they made a series of short speeches in an effort to persuade republicans to vote on two amendments.
The first one requiring enhanced background checks on all gun sales, and the second is, the “no fly, no buy” bill which would keep people on terrorist watch lists from buying guns.
Deadly Holiday Weekend In Chicago
Four dead and 46 were wounded in Chicago over the July 4th weekend.
That’s down from last year’s totals when 10 people were killed and more than 50 were wounded.
City officials are crediting the slight downtick in gun violence to a beefed up police presence including 5-thousand officers patrolling neighborhoods and beaches as well as the arrest of 88 gang members leading up to the holiday.
But Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says it’s too early to be overly optimistic and many residents agree with him.
Tuskegee Airman Dr. Roscoe Brown, Jr. Has Passed Away At 94
Another member of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen of World War Two has died. Dr. Roscoe Brown, Jr. passed away Saturday, at the age of 94.
A commander of the 100th Fighter Squadron, he flew 68 long-range European missions from 1944 to 1945.
During one mission, he flew 15,000 miles from Italy to Berlin shooting down one German Airplane.
Brown earned several service awards including, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with eight Oak Leaf Clusters, the Congressional Gold Medal and the Congressional Medal of Honor.
When he retired from the military, Brown earned a PhD in education and served as the president of the Bronx Community College for 17 years.
A fitness buff, he ran the New York marathon nine times.
Brown is survived by four children and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
President Barack Obama Hits The Campaign Trail
President Barack Obama made his debut on the campaign trail just hours after the FBI slammed Hillary Clinton’s email practices.
The President flew into Charlotte, North Carolina to campaign with his former rival and Secretary of State.
Clinton and President Obama took turns praising each other’s accomplishments before an estimated seven thousand supporters in Charlotte, making this Clinton’s largest event so far.
And of course they two couldn’t resist the opportunity to take shots at Donald Trump.
Donald Trump Wants To Help “The African Americans,” But Does Not Have A Plan
At a campaign rally, the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump proclaimed he wants to help the African American community, but as Roland Martin pointed out on NewsOne Now, Trump does not have a plan to do so.
Martin challenged Trump to appear on NewsOne Now and other Black media outlets to discuss his plans to directly address issues important to African Americans.
Trump’s Anti-Semitic Tweet Sparks Controversy
While criticizing Hillary Clinton on social media, Donald Trump used a 6-pointed star similar to the Star of David.
Trump later took down the tweet and replaced it with the graphic with a circle instead of a star.
Many claimed the tweet was anti-Semitic, particularly after learning the same image had been used in a racist internet message board 10 days prior. Trump responded to the controversy with a tweet, saying:
“Dishonest media is trying their absolute best to depict a star in a tweet as the Star of David rather than a sheriff’s star or plain star!”
Highest Ranking Officer In The Freddie Gray Case To Go On Trial
Developments in the Freddie Gray trials continue to unfold, as the highest ranking officer charged in connection to his death braces for a bench trial.
Lieutenant Brian Rice, opted out of a jury trial Tuesday, leaving a judge to decide his fate.
According to reports, Rice was the first officer to spot Freddie Gray before he fled. Rice later helped Baltimore police personnel load Gray’s limp body into a police van following his arrest.
Rice is charged with involuntary man slaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of official misconduct.
Meanwhile, an activist law professor is calling for Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby to be disbarred over her prosecution of the six officers.
All that and more in this special edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast