‘Transparency is the first step,’ activists say after police identify officer who shot Patrick Lyoya
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — After Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Winstrom identified the officer who fatally shot Patrick Lyoya following a traffic stop on April 4, activists say transparency is the first step toward justice in the case. Lyoya, face down on the ground, was shot in the back of the head by a Grand Rapids police officer on the morning of April 4. During the incident, the officer told Lyoya to stop, then said “stop resisting” as the two struggled. “I’m glad they finally released his name after having national pressure from national leadership coming to Grand Rapids,” Womack said. “We will not stop fighting until justice is served.”Read more:Chief identifies Grand Rapids police officer in Patrick Lyoya’s fatal shooting‘The world thinks the water crisis is over.mlive.com
‘This is not a cameo appearance:’ Rev. Al Sharpton vows to fight for Patrick Lyoya’s family
Lyoya was face down on the ground, after a scuffle with the officer, when the officer shot him in the back of the head. During an interview, Sharpton demanded the name of the officer who killed Lyoya be released. “That is a danger to every citizen in this country, and that’s what I said in the sermon.”He also called on the U.S. Department of Justice to launch a civil rights investigation into the incident. There is no timeline for when Michigan State Police will be done investigating Lyoya’s shooting, Lt. Michelle Robinson said on Friday morning. When asked, by the media, whether Sharpton had reached out to Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker, Sharpton did not answer.mlive.com
At funeral for Patrick Lyoya, Rev. Al Sharpton demands police accountability
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – In a stirring eulogy, the Rev. Al Sharpton on Friday, April 22, demanded Grand Rapids police identify the officer who shot Patrick Lyola and called for the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate. “These are young folks, black and white, that have been marching in Grand Rapids, every day. State police are investigating which is standard procedure in such shootings by Grand Rapids police. Robert Womack, a Kent County commissioner and advocate for the Lyoya family, said: “This is bigger than Grand Rapids.mlive.com
Rev. Al Sharpton Demands Name Of Grand Rapids Officer Who Killed Lyoya
The Rev. Al Sharpton demanded Friday that authorities publicly identify the Michigan officer who killed Patrick Lyoya, a Black man and native of Congo who was fatally shot in the back of the head after a struggle.detroit.cbslocal.com
Gov. Whitmer meets with Patrick Lyoya’s family, offers condolences
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Gov. Gretchen Whitmer offered her condolences to the family of Patrick Lyoya during a private meeting in Grand Rapids. Patrck Lyoya was shot and killed following an April 4 traffic stop in a Southeast Grand Rapids neighborhood. Siku, the interpreter, said the parents’ meeting with the governor was emotional at times. Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy at the funeral for Patrick Lyoya scheduled for Friday in Grand Rapids.mlive.com
Rev. Al Sharpton to deliver eulogy at Patrick Lyoya’s funeral, help cover burial expenses
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Nationally-recognized civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton announced he will deliver the eulogy at the funeral for Patrick Lyoya, the 26-year-old man who was fatally shot by a Grand Rapids police officer earlier this month. Sharpton will also help cover Lyoya’s funeral expenses through his nonprofit organization, National Action Network, he announced on Twitter Sunday, April 17. The Grand Rapids Police Department released videos of the fatal police shooting Wednesday, April 13. Patrick Lyoya’s father, Peter Lyoya, shared how devastating the death of his first-born son has been during an interview on Sharpton’s show Sunday.mlive.com
Tensions flare in Arbery death trial as Jesse Jackson visits
A judge denied mistrial requests on Monday at the trial of three white men charged with murdering Ahmaud Arbery after defense attorneys claimed jurors were tainted by weeping from the gallery where the slain Black man's parents sat with the Rev. Jesse Jackson. The judge said he found one defense lawyer's complaints last week about Black pastors to be “reprehensible,” and that no group would be excluded from his courtroom. Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael armed themselves and pursued the 25-year-old Black man in a pickup truck after spotting him running in their neighborhood on Feb. 23, 2020.news.yahoo.com
Migrant camp shrinks on US border as more Haitians removed
Haitian migrants are waiting to learn their fate at a Texas border encampment whose size has dramatically diminished from the almost 15,000 who gathered there days ago in an effort to seek humanitarian protection in the U.S. but now face expulsion.
Al Sharpton to eulogize Arkansas teen fatally shot by deputy
The Rev. Al Sharpton and an attorney who represented George Floyd's family are speaking at the memorial Tuesday for a white Arkansas teenager shot dead by a deputy, a case that has drawn the attention of civil rights activists nationally. Sharpton planned to deliver the eulogy at the memorial for Hunter Brittain, the 17-year-old who was shot dead by a Lonoke County sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop June 23. The ceremony will also feature remarks by Ben Crump, who represented Floyd's family after he died when a white Minneapolis police officer used his knee to pin the handcuffed Black man's neck to the ground.news.yahoo.com
'Black America’s attorney general' seems to be everywhere
Ben Crump, the Rev. Al Sharpton says, is “Black America’s attorney general.” In less than a decade, the Florida-based attorney has become the voice for the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd -- Black people whose deaths at the hands of police and vigilantes sparked a movement.news.yahoo.com
Floyd family, leaders hold prayer service on eve of trial
Bystander video of the confrontation is expected to be a key exhibit at trial, with opening statements set for Monday, March 29, 2021. (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)MINNEAPOLIS – National civil rights leaders appeared alongside several family members of George Floyd at a prayer service Sunday night, hours before opening statements were set to begin in the murder trial of the former Minneapolis police officer charged in his death. Several dozen attendees congregated in the benches at Greater Friendship Missionary Church, where preachers led worship, a choir sang and members of George Floyd's family were joined by the Rev. The speakers called for justice in George Floyd's death, mirroring the words spoken by leaders during a protest earlier Sunday in downtown Minneapolis. George Floyd, who was Black, was declared dead on May 25 after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee on George Floyd’s neck for about nine minutes while George Floyd was handcuffed and pleading that he couldn’t breathe.
After yearslong separation, Sharpton files for divorce
Al Sharpton, center, with his wife Kathy Jordan, third from left, as he speaks at a press conference following his released from the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. More than 16 years after separating, Rev. Al Sharpton has filed for divorce from his estranged wife, Kathy Jordan Sharpton. Al Sharpton has filed for divorce from his estranged wife, Kathy Jordan Sharpton. A statement attributed to both of them said: “After years of being separated, Kathy and I have decided to formalize our separation by filing for divorce. The couple had been married for more than 20 years when a separation was announced in November 2004.
Watch live: New York's Cuomo holds a briefing on Covid pandemic with Biden's equity task force
Andrew Cuomo is scheduled to hold a press briefing Wednesday on the coronavirus pandemic alongside members of President Joe Biden's Covid-19 equity task force. Al Sharpton, National Urban League President Marc Morial and NAACP CEO Derrick Johnson are also scheduled to join Cuomo and the equity task force at the briefing, according to a statement from the governor's office. On Tuesday, Biden's equity task force announced the administration will begin sending doses directly to community health centers next week to expand outreach to traditionally underserved communities. New York City opened a mass vaccination site at Citi Field for residents of Queens and other essential workers on Wednesday. The site's opening, which had been delayed because of a lack of doses, comes just days after another mass site at the Yankee's Stadium in the Bronx opened for residents there.cnbc.com
Biden calls transportation nominee Buttigieg 'a new voice'
Mayor Pete Buttigieg, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to be transportation secretary, speaks after Biden announced his nomination during a news conference at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. – President-elect Joe Biden introduced onetime Democratic primary rival Pete Buttigieg on Wednesday as his nominee for transportation secretary, saying the 38-year-old can be “a new voice" in the fight against economic inequality, institutional racism and climate change. Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, would be the first openly gay person confirmed by the Senate to a Cabinet position. Emanuel was mentioned as a potential candidate for several Biden Cabinet posts but drew strong backlash from progressives. Biden’s selection of Buttigieg for transportation secretary drew praise from LGBTQ rights groups.
Joe Biden will nominate Pete Buttigieg for transportation secretary, dealing a blow to former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
And in a videoconference between Biden and civil rights leaders last week (footage of which was leaked to The Intercept), the Rev. Al Sharpton plainly told the president-elect that it was “totally ridiculous for anyone to think we could put a Rahm Emanuel, who covered up Laquan McDonald’s killing as mayor, in any position without our raising, from the civil rights community, that this man did something that in our opinion was just absolutely” indefensible.chicagotribune.com
Biden taps Buttigieg for transportation, Granholm for energy
FILE - In this April 29, 2019 file photo, then Democratic presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg, from South Bend, Indiana, listens during a lunch meeting with civil rights leader Rev. President-elect Joe Biden is expected to pick former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg to head the transportation department. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, Pool)President-elect Joe Biden nominated his former rival Pete Buttigieg as secretary of transportation on Tuesday and intends to choose former Michigan Gov. All three will be central to Biden’s plan to remake the country’s automobiles and transportation systems to quickly cut climate-damaging petroleum emissions. Biden’s plan includes overhauling the nation’s transportation and power sectors and buildings to eliminate fossil fuel emissions by 2050.
At D.C. march, families decry 'two systems of justice'
Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech. Sixty-five years later (after Tills murder), we still struggle for justice demilitarizing the police, dismantling mass incarceration, and declaring as determinately as we can that Black lives matter, King said. As peaceful protests turned to arson and theft, naysayers of the Black Lives Matter movement issued calls for law and order.The Rev. Theres a white system and a black system -- the black system aint doing so well.No justice, no peace! he proclaimed. Some participants headed toward Black Lives Matter Plaza, right outside of the White House, which was renamed from Pennsylvania Avenue during protests in June.
Democrats tested in first party convention of pandemic era
The Democratic National Convention, which formally begins Monday, is not a convention in the traditional sense. Along the way, Biden's party will make history by unveiling the nation's first Black vice presidential nominee, Kamala Harris. Im glad that John and other moderate-type Republicans understand that it is wrong to be supporting Trump, Sanders told The Associated Press. Al Sharpton, a civil rights activist, predicted next week's convention would lack excitement. He said it likely doesn't matter, however, especially as Trump and his party prepare for their convention the following week. As excited as I am about Kamala Harris, the best weapon Democrats have is Donald Trump, Sharpton said.
March on Washington reconfigured to comply with virus rules
In late July, with local infection numbers rising, Bowser ordered that anyone traveling or returning to Washington from a virus hot spot must self-quarantine for 14 days. Bowser, when asked on July 30 about the potential conflict, said government officials had been in contact with march organizers and that Washington would not be relaxing its virus rules for participants. The NAACP, one of several partners in this year's commemoration, last week launched a website for a virtual March on Washington. The site will livestream the Washington march, in addition to other programming leading up to and after the event. The Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of more than 150 Black-led organizations that make up the broader Black Lives Matter movement, will hold its virtual Black National Convention later in the evening.
'Lift Every Voice and Sing' hymn ignites hope across nation
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)LOS ANGELES The Black national anthem was born more than a century ago, but the popular hymn within the African American community called Lift Every Voice and Sing has resurrected a beacon of hope during nationwide protests. The NAACP dubbed Lift Every Voice and Sing as the Black national anthem in 1919. Sharpton said the ability of Lift Every Voice and Sing enduring several generations speaks volumes. The NFL will play Lift Every Voice and Sing" before each game during Week 1, a person familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press. There's always been the controversy about race being involved in the national anthem.
The Latest: Beyonc single benefits Black-owned businesses
The singer's website says the song released late Friday, June 19, 2020, will benefit black-owned small businesses. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)TOP OF THE HOUR: Beyonc releases new single to benefit Black-owned small businesses. Nevada officials renew proposal to remove statue of McCarran. ___LOS ANGELES Beyonc did not let Juneteenth pass without dropping one of her signature surprises in the form a new single called Black Parade.The singers website says the song released late Friday will benefit Black-owned small businesses. Make America great again give me the date that America was great for everybody, Sharpton said.
The Latest: DC expecting largest protest turnout Saturday
Al Sharpton speaks at a memorial service for George Floyd at North Central University Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Minneapolis. ___WASHINGTON -- Authorities in the nations capital are expecting Saturday to be the largest demonstration against police brutality in the city since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. ___PHOENIX -- The family of an unarmed man shot and killed by an Arizona state trooper the same day George Floyd died want a federal investigation. ___SEATTLE Seattle's mayor has banned the police use of one type of tear gas as protests continue over the killing of George Floyd. ___Follow more AP stories on the George Floyd protests and reaction at https://apnews.com/GeorgeFloyd
Floyd memorials will retrace life, push for justice in death
FILE - This undated file handout photo provided by Christopher Harris shows George Floyd. Sharpton, founder of the National Action Network, and Floyd family attorney Ben Crump will speak. Both the memorials in Minneapolis and Houston will include personal tributes and eulogies about social justice, Sharpton said. Having left Houston for Minneapolis in 2014 in search of a job and a new life, Floyd will retrace that path. Otherwise, itll just be the next George Floyd and the one after that, he said.
Floyd memorial will retrace life, push for justice in death
FILE - This undated file handout photo provided by Christopher Harris shows George Floyd. (Christopher Harris via AP, File)HOUSTON The memorial services to honor George Floyd are extraordinary: three cities over six days, with a chance for mourners to pay their respects in the communities where he was born, grew up, and died. Sharpton, founder of the National Action Network, and Floyd family attorney Ben Crump will speak. Having left Houston for Minneapolis in 2014 in search of a job and a new life, Floyd will retrace that path. Otherwise, itll just be the next George Floyd and the one after that, he said.
Trump's tweet about rioters echoes 1960s Miami police chief
CHICAGO President Donald Trump's tweeted warning Friday amid unrest in Minneapolis that when the looting starts, the shooting starts echoes the language of a Miami police chief in 1967 who made clear his distaste for civil rights activists and his belief that violent protests should be met with deadly force. The language has also been attributed to segregationist presidential candidate George Wallace in a 1968 campaign speech in Pittsburgh. About 13 hours after his provocative tweet, he took to Twitter again to claim that he wasnt suggesting the shooting of rioters. Instead, he said he was referring to gun violence that has been spurred by the unrest. Ive let the word filter down: When the looting starts, the shooting starts.The Rev.
Trump tries a new response after George Floyd's death
I feel very, very badly," Trump said Thursday of George Floyd's death while handcuffed and in the custody of Minneapolis police. But some activists doubt that Trump has suddenly evolved on the issue of police brutality and instead see election-year political calculations. Trump was very upset when he saw that video," White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Thursday. The White House and Department of Justice have long had the power to address these issues. Sharpton credited both the magnitude of outrage in response to Floyd's death as well as the upcoming election for the changed approach.
Trump tries a new response after George Floyd's death
I feel very, very badly," Trump said Thursday of George Floyd's death while handcuffed and in the custody of police in Minneapolis. But some activists doubt that Trump has suddenly evolved on the issue of police brutality and instead see election year political calculations. Trump was very upset when he saw that video," White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Thursday. The White House and Department of Justice have long had the power to address these issues. Sharpton credited both the magnitude of outrage in response to Floyd's death as well as the election for the changed approach.
States reopen even as coronavirus deaths mount: Here is this week's news recap and our best reads
The death toll from the virus in the U.S. now stands at 65,068, higher than the number of Americans who fell during the Vietnam War. More than 1.1 million people have been infected in the U.S.As the death toll mounts, so does the economic fallout. The nation continues to hemorrhage jobs, with unemployment claims topping a staggering 30 million for the past 6 weeks. The Paycheck Protection Program reopened this week after receiving another $310 billion in funding for small businesses, though the money is going fast again. Tech earnings were hit by the pandemic, with Amazon planning to spend all $4 billion of its Q2 profits on the response to coronavirus.cnbc.com
Four years ago, South Carolina snubbed Bernie Sanders. A lot has changed
The question black folks in the South were asking before was: Who is Bernie Sanders? said Justin Bamberg, a South Carolina lawmaker and civil rights attorney supporting Sanders. We have come a long, long way in South Carolina, Sanders told a raucous crowd at a rally here Wednesday. AdvertisementHillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders debate in January 2016 in Charleston, S.C. Sanders lost the state by 47 percentage points that year. He has learned from his mistakes, said Antjuan Seawright, a South Carolina political consultant not aligned with any candidate in the primary. They want someone they feel can win long term.So some voters in South Carolina are giving Sanders a fresh look.latimes.com
NYPD sergeant to lose vacation days over Eric Garner death
Kizzy Adonis will lose 20 vacation days, according to the source, for her actions related to the 2014 incident in which another officer was found to have placed Garner in a banned chokehold moments before he died. "The Police Commissioner evaluated Sergeant Adonis' supervision of officers under her command that day, and found that it was lacking in certain areas," NYPD Assistant Commissioner Devora Kaye told CNN on Wednesday in a statement. Al Sharpton, a civil rights leader who has advocated with the Garner family, called the decision to dock Adonis' vacation time "too little, too late." Garner, a 43-year-old father of six, died while police tried to arrest him for allegedly selling loose cigarettes on Staten Island. In video of the arrest, Garner can be heard telling Pantaleo, "I can't breathe.
Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders fight for black vote
Days after meeting with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Rev. Al Sharpton and other civil rights leaders met with Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. This comes as the Democratic candidates fight for minority votes ahead of the South Carolina primary. CBS News' Nancy Cordes has the details.cbsnews.com
Watch: Bernie Sanders meets with Rev. Al Sharpton in Harlem
Rev. Al Sharpton said he had a good meeting with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders at Sylvia's restaurant in Harlem but is not yet ready to endorse. The meeting, one day after Sanders' victory in New Hampshire, comes as the political focus shifts to South Carolina's primary and the larger black Democratic voting block in the state. Watch Sharpton describe his meeting with Sanders and the issues he says matters in the primaries ahead.cbsnews.com
60 Minutes Overtime 04.13.14
60 Minutes Overtime 04.13.14 A retrospective with Scott Pelley on reporting the Boston Marathon bombing one year ago; In a heated 60 Minutes interview with Lesley Stahl, Rev. Al Sharpton described the nature of his work with the FBI; and, In 2011, Morley Safer went through the records of the Vatican Library and uncovered love letters from "smitten school boy" Henry VIII.cbsnews.com