Top 5 Live-WURD Wednesday July 15 1. Whoopi Goldberg changes stance on Bill Cosby  “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg has been outspoken in her support of comedian Bill Cosby. On Tuesday, she said on the show that she can no longer say “innocent until proven guilty.” “If this is to be tried in the court of…

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When I used to teach journalism at Temple University, one of the things that I’d hand my students is a pocket-sized copy of the U.S. Constitution. I did this because you have people out there who forget that among the things covered in the Constitution is freedom of speech and press. In the 23 years…

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On either side of the thin blue line that separates police from civilian, we all have the same aspirations. Chief among those is justice. But if we truly want justice for all the victims of senseless violence, and not just the ones who look like us, we must do more than stand up for the…

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In the wake of Ferguson, I worry about my son. Those words, from a Philadelphia Daily News column I wrote, led to a call from a producer at ABC’s Nightline. Within 24 hours, my son and I were in our house with anchor Byron Pitts and a film crew talking about race, class, police, and…

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THE IMAGE was horrific. An unarmed father of six, choked from behind by a police officer on a Staten Island street corner. As his life slipped away, Eric Garner repeatedly gasped the words that would come to define the encounter: “I can’t breathe.” Though Garner repeated that fateful phrase 11 times, Officer Daniel Pantaleo, the…

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Thanks to the decisions by grand juries in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City, the Rev. Al Sharpton has put his marching shoes on. [blocktext align=”right”]Don’t get me wrong. I like a good march as much as the next person. Gives me a chance to exercise and see folks that I only see when covering…

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On Thursday’s Wake Up With WURD on 900 am WURD, Solomon Jones interviewed Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey after a Staten Island, NY, Grand Jury decided not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the choking death of Eric Garner. In the wake of the Michael Brown and Eric Garner decisions, Commissioner Ramsey has been tapped by President…

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Tommy Miles

Not again. Not another unarmed man killed by those whose salaries we pay. Not another death swept aside by grand jury proceedings. Not another black man killed on the street by police. Not again. On the heels of the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., yet another racially tinged killing has…

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IN 1991, a large black man was beaten by four white police officers. The videotaped attack appeared to be a clear case of police brutality. The black community was outraged, national publicity ensued, and the officers involved were criminally charged. That was the case of Rodney King, whose videotaped police beating was remarkably similar to the case…

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THE NEW YORK City Medical Examiner has found that a police chokehold killed 43-year-old Eric Garner during an arrest for allegedly selling loose cigarettes. The death has been ruled a homicide. This is not news for those of us who watched the videotape of the encounter that killed Garner. Anyone who saw the father of six…

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