by Roberto Alejandro
Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper
(NNPA) - “He was the life of the neighborhood,” said William Stewart outside the Baltimore Police headquarters at a protest over the in-custody death of his life-long friend Freddie Carlos Gray that was drawing to a close on April 20.
(CNN) -- Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan deployed the National Guard to Baltimore "in order to help restore order and to end the unrest that we witnessed today," he said at a press conference on Monday. He called deploying the National Guard a "last resort." "All state agencies are actively engaged in this situation," Hogan said. Neighboring states will also lend a hand, according to the governor.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Journalism Foundation and Press Club are accepting applications for various media communication student scholarships. The scholarships range in value from $1,000 to $2,500. To be eligible, students must be from the bi-state greater St. Louis region, but can be attending universities elsewhere.
By Megan Smith and Roy L. Austin, Jr.
Of the Obama administration
In December, President Obama announced the creation of a Task Force on 21st Century Policing to develop specific recommendations to improve law enforcement and community relations while ensuring public safety. The Task Force, representing a diverse array of law enforcement and civil rights experts along with community leaders, engaged numerous stakeholders and constituency groups across the country to identify meaningful opportunities to improve policing in America.