Tensions between law enforcement officials and the communities have now spread to the West Coast. Just a week after two NYPD cops were killed execution-style in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, a similar incident has occurred in South Los Angeles. According to reports, two police officers were responding to a radio call around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday when two men opened fire on their vehicle. “It was unprovoked. They were literally just driving down the street. We don’t know the motive at this point, but there’s a sense of uneasiness,” said LAPD Officer Liliana Preciado. “Everyone in the department understands what is going on, especially with what happened in New York. Everyone is on alert. Everyone has been told to cover each other and watch each other’s back.” The two officers didn’t suffer any injuries and opened fire on the suspects who later fled the scene. The LAPD has detained an 18-year-old man as a “person of interest.” Tensions in L.A. were taken to new levels earlier this week following the autopsy release for Ezell Ford, a mentally ill African-American man who was shot and killed by police in August in South Los Angeles. Read more.
Investigation in to Death of Kendrick Johnson Continues
It’s been nearly two years since Georgia teen Kendrick Johnson’s dead body was discovered inside of a gym mat at his school, and local officials are trying to delve deeper in to what caused his death. Over the past two months, a sheriff’s office led additional interviews for the case. The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office ruled that Johnson’s death was accidental and closed the case almost two years ago, but his loved ones believe that he was murdered. Between November 24th and December 15th, the sheriff’s office interviewed about 24 students who were on the school’s wrestling team when Johnson disappeared. The interviews come after a video was released that contradicted one of the student’s accounts of what happened. “The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office initiated the interviews of the Lowndes High School wrestling team coach, the bus driver and wrestling team members in response to claims made known to the sheriff’s office that the wrestling team was still on the school’s campus when Kendrick Johnson was last known to have been alive,” said a statement from the department’s attorney. “Investigators have tried unsuccessfully to contact some wrestling team members and will continue to attempt to reach those team members.” Read more.
Tamron Hall to Host ‘Race on The Oprah Winfrey Show with Tamron Hall’
During the entire month of January, Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network will pay homage to those who led the Civil Rights Movement as the nation gears up to reflect on the 50th anniversary of the pivotal Selma to Montgomery marches. One of the shows that will kick off the network’s month-long celebration will be “Race on The Oprah Winfrey Show with Tamron Hall.” The show will journey back in to the moments on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” that highlighted race relations and civil rights. Some moments include the show where Oprah interviewed a group of White supremacists in 1988; in addition, one of her shows from 1996 featured seven of the Little Rock Nine students. “Race on The Oprah Winfrey Show with Tamron Hall” is slated to air on Thursday, January 1, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Read more.