artconyersgi.jpgLawmaker vows thorough probe into Sean Bell shooting
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on Monday met with the family of a man fatally shot by police just hours before his wedding, promising a thorough federal investigation of the incident. Three New York police detectives were acquitted Friday on all counts in the case of Sean Bell, an unarmed man killed in a hail of 50 police bullets outside a strip club on November 25, 2006. Bell’s two friends, Joseph Guzman and Trent Benefield, were wounded in the shooting. “We are going to be putting together the federal strategy,” said Rep. John Conyers, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and a Michigan Democrat. “This is important.” (Continue Reading…)

Obama ‘Outraged’ by Wright’s Remarks
Sen. Barack Obama said he is “outraged” by comments his former minister, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, made Monday at the National Press Club and is “saddened by the spectacle.” “I have been a member of Trinity Church since 1992. I have known Rev. Wright for almost 20 years,” he said at a news conference in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. “The person I saw yesterday is not the person I met 20 years ago.” (Continue Reading…)

‘Noose’ Leads to Federal Agent Suspension
A U.S. Secret Service agent was suspended after admitting responsibility for tying what an African American agent reportedly said was a noose hanging in the agency’s Beltsville, Md., training facilities.\ Eric Zahren, a spokesman for the Secret Service, confirmed Monday that “an employee observed a rope tied in a loop, which was interpreted as a noose, in one of the training buildings,” he said. (Continue Reading…)

Clinton Supporter ‘Organized’ Rev. Wright Press Event
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright couldn’t have done more damage to Barack Obama’s campaign if he had tried. And you have to wonder if that’s just what one friend of Wright wanted. Shortly before he rose to deliver his rambling, angry, sarcastic remarks at the National Press Club Monday, Wright sat next to, and chatted with, Barbara Reynolds. A former editorial board member at USA Today, she runs something called Reynolds News Services and teaches ministry at the Howard University School of Divinity. (She is an ordained minister). (Continue Reading…)

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