Solomon interviews Commissioner Richard Ross

On his 900 am WURD radio show, Solomon Jones speaks with newly appointed Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross about Black Lives Matter, diversity in police recruitment, corruption community relations, and more. Photo: Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross in Love Park by Philadelphia City Council Solomon Jones is an Essence bestselling author and award-winning columnist. He…

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Bigotry must not cloud Hartnett investigation

As darkness draped the streets of West Philadelphia, Edward Archer was caught on video walking up to a police cruiser, extending his arm, and pumping 13 bullets into the vehicle, hitting Officer Jesse Hartnett three times. The gravely wounded officer returned fire, hitting the fleeing suspect, and Archer was captured shortly thereafter. But it wasn’t…

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Top 5 Live-Monday November 23

Top 5 Live-WURD Monday November 23 1. Mali Hunts More Suspects In Extremists’ Deadly Attack On Hotel After gunmen attacked the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali’s capital and killed at least 19 people, the authorities are looking for at least three suspects. Two others died Friday. Jihadist group al-Mourabitoun says it is behind the attacks, and…

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Don’t blame Black Lives Matter

Daron Goforth, a Houston-area sheriff’s deputy, was killed when Shannon Miles allegedly approached from behind and pumped 15 bullets into his body. I am appalled by the crime. If, as the video evidence seems to show, Miles took this officer’s life, Miles should face justice through our legal system. I have seen the speculation that Miles…

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Top 5 Live-Wednesday August 5

Top 5 Live-WURD Wednesday August 5 1. Family of Sandra Bland sues arresting officer The family of Sandra Bland – the 28-year-old black woman found dead in her jail cell last month – is suing the Texas state trooper who arrested her in what started as a routine traffic stop, but took a tragic turn.…

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Top 5 Live-Tuesday May 26

Top 5 Live-WURD Tuesday May 26 1. Cleveland Officer Acquitted In 2012 Fatal Shooting Of Unarmed Suspects A judge handed down a verdict of not guilty on two counts of voluntary manslaughter against a Cleveland officer charged in the 2012 deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams — unarmed suspects who were caught in a 137-shot…

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Baltimore riots speak loudly on police abuse

The Baltimore Police Department has completed its investigation into the April 12 death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died of a spinal injury a week after he was arrested for allegedly carrying a switchblade and fleeing police. The department’s findings went to State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who announced Friday that all six…

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Justice Department Report isnt enough to change the police

On Monday, when the Justice Department released its report recommending changes in the Philadelphia Police Department’s use of deadly force policies, I thought of the first time I saw police brutality. I was 24, my parents had just divorced, and I’d only recently moved to North Philadelphia from West Oak Lane. As a child who’d…

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A daughters light shines through the dark times

THE LAST FEW WEEKS have been trying times for me as a father. The debate on police brutality has taken the national stage, pitting one side against another in an ideological battle over life, death and the use of force in our communities. We’ve seen unarmed men choked to death. We’ve seen police officers gunned…

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Commissioner Charles Ramsey on Garner

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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