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    Share this: The sun shined brightly overhead as Cadman Park Conservancy hosted the 2022 Juneteenth celebration on Sunday. The event featured poetry readings by Jacqueline Johnson, Deirdre Van Walters and Cassandra Cato-Louis. Johnson and Van Walters recited original poetry. Cato-Louis recited a portion of Frederick Douglass’ riveting 1852 speech, “What, to the Slave, is the Fourth of July?” Afterward, she remarked, “We must be transformed internally so we can be empowered to build a better world externally. [Juneteenth is]…is a call to enter into conversation with each other, creating a time and space where we can nourish a fragile community that is living by grace. May we be empowered to answer the call to racial justice in our hearts.”
    Police in Kentucky arrested the man they believe assaulted the mayor of Louisville over the weekend. The Louisville Metro Police Department arrested 30-year-old Antwon M. Brown on Tuesday in connection to the Saturday assault of Mayor Greg Fischer. Authorities said Brown was arrested in Louisville "without incident." He has been charged with one count of assault in the fourth degree. SUSPECT ON LOOSE AFTER PUNCHING LOUISVILLE MAYOR GREG FISCHER "Mayor Fischer is well and appreciates the support he has received," the Louisville Metro Police Department said in a press release announcing Brown's arrest. Antwon M. Brown is accused of punching the mayor of Louisville on June 18, 2022. (Louisville Metropolitan Department of Corrections) Assault in the fourth degree is a class A misdemeanor in Kentucky. The charge carries a maximum fine of $500 and up to 12 months in jail if convicted. Louisville police added that the investigation into the assault of the mayor is ongoing. Fischer, a Democrat, was at Fourth Street Live, an entertainment and shopping complex in downtown Louisville, when a...
    \u201cEarlier this evening, while at Fourth Street Live, Mayor Fischer was punched by an individual. The Mayor is doing fine. LMPD is investigating & will release further information as it becomes available. Anyone with information can call our anonymous tip line at 502-574-5673.\u201d — LMPD (@LMPD) 1655600350 Greg Gitschier — a former Secret Service agent and former bodyguard of the mayor — told WHAS-TV that "it's becoming an upside-down world because lines that were never crossed so much in the past now seem to no longer matter." Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer addresses punch, no arrests made still youtu.be 'Just peacefully protesting, nothing to see here'Many commenters unleashed mockery on Louisville police's Facebook post about the punch, with most of the derision directed toward Fischer, implying that the mayor's policies led to the physical attack on him. "Karma. What you allow will continue. You have allowed crime to run unabashed. It will continue," one commenter wrote. "Just peacefully protesting, nothing to see here," another commenter quipped. Others told city police that Fischer wants them to "stand down"...
    Two Virginia governors gave Juneteenth speeches over the weekend: Governor Glenn Youngkin spoke at Fort Monroe on Sunday, and former governor, current U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) gave the keynote speech at a Loudoun NAACP Juneteenth event Monday. Both men highlighted the role of Virginia as the site where African slaves first arrived in 1619. Youngkin focused more on the contrast between those actions and American ideals that the country is still striving for, while Kaine focused on the history of slavery and emancipation in America while referring to Governor Glenn Youngkin’s educational policy without directly naming the governor. “We remember that here at Fort Monroe, as we’ve just heard, in 1619, the evil of slavery arrived on the shores right here, right here where we’ve appropriately gathered. And today, we also celebrate the liberation of the enslaved, as word arrived 1,400 miles away and 246 years later at the port in Galveston, Texas, where General Gordon Granger delivered the unknown news of the emancipation of the enslaved on June 19, 1865,” Youngkin said. Youngkin said the history of slavery...
    ELMHURST, Queens (WABC) -- Emmy and Grammy-winning actor and rapper Common joined New York City leaders and students to commemorate Juneteenth at a middle school Monday.Common, who is also an artist, author and activist and who founded the Common Ground Foundation, was at the Forte Prep Academy in Queens to help paint a Juneteenth mural.It was a special moment for all involved, as Common joined the students in a rendition of his song, "Glory.""We have been dealing with a lot of conflict," Common said. "We need healing, and the healing starts with us acknowledging the things that have happened in our country."Known for his moving and thought provoking lyrics, Common is hoping to inspire the next generation of leaders through art."If I didn't have art, I don't know where I would be in my life," he said.The academy partnered with Common and the Walton Family Foundation, an organization that aims to improve education, to host the day of service."We partnered with a muralist, Danielle, and she developed this beautiful mural anchored on the quote by Toni Morrison, 'The function of...
    A 21-year-old college basketball player with a 'bright future' was killed at a Harlem gathering early Monday morning. Darius Lee was shot in the chest and announced dead at a local hospital after gunshots were reported around 12.35am at the intersection of East 139th Street and Fifth Ave in Harlem.  The college student was among nine people shot during the gathering. The other victims, aged between 22 and 42, are in stable condition, NYPD said. A spokesperson for the NYPD told DailyMail.com that it's unclear what type of gathering the victims were attending. However, the Daily News reported that it was a barbecue hosted by local rapper Rich Rhymer.  A gun was recovered at the scene of the crime, but no motive has been uncovered.  Lee's alma mater remembered the late basketball star following the tragedy  Lee was a star player on and off the court. He was on track to graduate from Houston Baptist University in December  Paramedics are seen loading a victim onto a stretcher at the scene of the shooting in Harlem Lee's high school alma mater, St....
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Dozens of flights at Los Angeles International Airport were delayed Monday morning as the nation continues to see a wave of cancellations sparked by the busy Juneteenth holiday.As of 8 a.m., 12 flights at LAX had been canceled and 49 others were delayed.Given that the long summer weekend due to Juneteenth - which also coincided with Father's Day - that means there was a lot of travel going on.The Friday before Juneteenth clocked in as the most popular air travel day of 2022, according to statistics from the Transportation Security Administration. Airports haven't been that crowded since Thanksgiving 2021.TSA officers said they screened about 2,438,784 people at airport security checkpoints nationwide on Friday, the highest checkpoint volume since November 28, the Sunday after Thanksgiving.That also was about 100,000 more travelers than the Friday before Memorial Day weekend.While Juneteenth became an official holiday last year, this is the first year that the US stock market and banks will close in its honor.The surge in numbers couldn't have come at a worse time for US airlines.A combination of...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Governor Phil Murphy will deliver remarks on Monday morning to commemorate Juneteenth at the Greater Mount Zion AME Church. The briefing will take place at 11 a.m. and will be streamed on CBS News Philly above. What: Governor Murphy To Deliver Remarks Commemorating Juneteenth At Greater Mount Zion AME Church When: Friday, June 3, 2022. Time: 11 a.m. Online stream: Live in the player above and your mobile streaming device. Stay with CBSPhilly.com for updates on this developing story.
    While Joe Biden only officially declared Juneteenth a holiday in 2021, the day has been celebrated across the country for years.  In order to celebrate the beauty of freedom and what Juneteenth encompasses, Daily Kos has compiled clips from the last two years of celebrations across the country. x WATCH: 94-year-old Texas activist Opal Lee reacts to the moment the House passed the bill making June 19th, aka #Juneteenth, a federal holiday.This will be the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established in 1983. pic.twitter.com/3MKeGINsKM— CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) June 17, 2021 xThousands marched in U.S. cities as America marked Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of Black slavery that carries special resonance this year https://t.co/ckRhyIRPh8 pic.twitter.com/oecgfRkkzT— Reuters (@Reuters) June 20, 2020 xA large group is marching down 65th St. in Phinney Ridge/toward Ballard.More @seattletimes updates on #Juneteenth: https://t.co/jO8s1184kZ pic.twitter.com/PRggERSqAl— Taylor Blatchford (@blatchfordtr) June 19, 2020 xA large group is marching down 65th St. in Phinney Ridge/toward Ballard.More @seattletimes updates on #Juneteenth: https://t.co/jO8s1184kZ pic.twitter.com/PRggERSqAl— Taylor Blatchford (@blatchfordtr) June 19, 2020 xHAPPENING NOW: "1,...
    A 15-year-old boy was reportedly killed at the Juneteenth shooting in Washington, DC, on Sunday, while a police officer and two other adults were injured. According to NBC Washington, the shooting appeared to “break out after two separate incidents, following what D.C. Chief of Police Robert Contee called an ‘unpermitted event’ at around 6 p.m. held by the group Moechella.” The Moechella music festival featured go-go bands celebrating the recently enshrined holiday, Juneteenth, which commemorates the emancipation of slaves in the United States. MPD is responding to the area of 14th and U Street, NW, for a shooting incident in which multiple people have been shot, including an MPD officer. Media staging at 15th and U Street, NW. Chief Contee to provide a media briefing. — DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) June 20, 2022 The shooting occurred near 14th & U Street NW. Police say the wounded officer was shot in the leg. The extent of the injuries for the other two victims remains unknown at this time, though police say they are in a stable condition. “At one point, there was...
    Multiple people including a police officer were shot at a social justice-inspired musical festival in Washington DC. The officer was taken to an area hospital and is in stable condition, police confirmed. The conditions of the other victims remain unknown at this time. The shooting took place Sunday evening near the intersection of 14th and U Street NW, where the Moechella music festival, a Juneteenth celebration, was underway. Police are still looking for the gunman, WTOP reported.  Video shared on Twitter showed revellers twerking on top of cars as shots rang out, forcing people to flee for cover.  Other footage shows first responders rendering aid at the scene while a large crowd disperses from the area.  This is a developing story; please check back for more updates. Multiple people including a police officer were shot at a social justice-inspired musical festival in Washington DC The shooting took place Sunday evening near the intersection of 14th and U Street NW, where the Moechella music festival, a Juneteenth celebration, was underway The officer was taken to an area hospital and is in...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Good conversation, music, food and more are happening at the newly renamed "The Du" in honor of Juneteenth on Sunday.Chicago native Chance the Rapper is hosting the event that is filled with something for the entire family.There will be horseback riding for kids, a quilting exhibition and concert from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the DuSable Museum of African American History, located at 740 E. 56th Place in Chicago."It's a lot going on!" Chance said. "We wanted to keep it going this year and give our people an opportunity to connect. The fact that it's on Father's Day allows us to appreciate Black dads, and we're in a place where Black people in America and globally just need spaces to be together."
    EVANSTON, Ill. (WLS) -- There's a new exhibition at Northwestern University just in time for Juneteenth.The exhibit includes documents from abolitionist Frederick Douglass. They help tell his journey from slavery to freedom.The documents at Northwestern's Deering Library are rarely seen.RELATED: Galveston's Juneteenth celebration commemorates when last enslaved people learned of freedomThe exhibit is called "Freedom for Everyone: Slavery and Abolition in 19th Century America."You can find more information here.
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Many Black businesses will be showcased at Wrigley Field this weekend.The Cubs are marking Juneteenth at the game on Sunday.Julian Green with the Cubs joined ABC7 Friday to talk about the festivities.Businesses will set up shop at Gallagher Way and three Black-owned businesses will be honored with an on-field presentation.Green spoke about some of the items that will be for sale and why the celebration is important.
    The Emancipation Proclamation will be on display at D.C.’s National Archives for the first time in two-and-a-half years over the long Juneteenth holiday weekend. The ‘Juneteenth’ General Order No. 3 also will be featured. More Local News More DC News “The people to whom this order was addressed, were the last group of formerly enslaved African Americans to be informed that all formerly enslaved persons were now free,” said Damani Davis. the African American records subject matter expert for the National Archives and Records Administration. Even after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, the Civil War continued and many enslavers continued to hold enslaved Black people captive. General Order No. 3 arrived in Texas on June 19, 1865. “General Order No.3 represents the federal government’s final execution and fulfillment of the terms of the Emancipation Proclamation,” Davis said. People learning about the Emancipation Proclamation as children in school might not be familiar with what the document actually declared. “Most aren’t familiar with all of the details. The Emancipation Proclamation only freed those who...
    (CBS DETROIT) — Juneteenth, which became a federal holiday in 2021, commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Communities across Metro Detroit will celebrate Juneteenth this weekend with events with music, film and other activities. Here is a list of events happening this weekend in honor of the annual holiday. Dearborn June 18: Juneteenth Celebration 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at UAW Local 600, 10550 Dix Ave. Detroit June 17: Rhythm and Art Block Party 6-10 p.m. at Eastern Market Brewing Company June 18: Juneteenth Jubilee Stroll Noon to 6 p.m. at Livernois Avenue of Fashion June 18-19: Juneteenth Jubilee Freedom Weekend, The Charles H. Wright Museum 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 18: Underground Railroad Treasure Hunt Participants will explore five sites with significant historical importance in downtown Detroit, including the Gateway to Freedom Sculpture 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 19: Information tables from Community Partners The event focuses on building and extending...
    PBS has divided opinion with its decision to have Vanessa Williams sing the 'Black National Anthem' during its July 4 celebration, in a nod to Juneteenth being made a federal holiday.  The singer and actress, who was the first black woman to be crowned Miss America, will perform the song 'Lift Every Voice and Sing' while hosting PBS's 41st 'A Capitol Fourth' annual celebration, which airs Sunday. The song was first written as a poem in 1900 by NAACP leader James Weldon Johnson and has long held the nickname as the 'Black National Anthem.' Williams said her performance of the song will not only honor the nation's traditional Independence Day, but also the country's newly designated holiday. 'It's in celebration of the wonderful opportunity that we now have to celebrate Juneteenth. So we are reflective of the times,' she told the Associated Press.   The song is not replacing the US National Anthem, with Grammy Award-winning singer Renée Fleming opening the show with a special performance of the traditional tune.  Several other singers and musicians will also be performing a variety of different tunes...
    Viral video shows people dancing, even twerking, on a California ambulance as emergency medical technicians responded to a fatal shooting in Oakland over the weekend, according to officials.  First responders with Falck Alameda County Emergency Medical Services were responding to a Saturday evening shooting during a Juneteenth event at Oakland’s Lake Merritt, where one person was killed and seven others were wounded, officials have said. Video shared on Twitter by user @Anthea06274890 shows EMTs loading a gurney out of the ambulance as a crowd gathers and begins to twerk against the vehicle.  COWS ESCAPE FROM LOS ANGELES-AREA SLAUGHTERHOUSE, LEAD POLICE ON CHASE A spokesperson for the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency confirmed to Fox News late Tuesday that the actions depicted in the video "occurred while the EMTs were attending to victims" related to the Saturday evening shooting.  The spokesperson, Jerri Applegate Randrup, said the crowd or their actions "did not impact or impede the treatment" or transport of any of the patients to a local hospital, which was approximately 10 minutes away.  Randrup said the first Falck ambulance...
    Video posted Sunday on Twitter shows the moment a police officer breaks down in tears after fatally shooting a 19-year-old woman who allegedly opened fire on the officer. The unidentified officer could be seen collapsing to his knees and clutching his face in his hands after he fatally shot Briana Sykes Saturday during a Juneteenth parade in Michigan. Another officer rushes over to comfort him. That officer pats the distraught officer on the back, who then lays down on the ground apparently sobbing. WARNING GRAPHIC ⚠️ Police-involved shooting in Michigan leaves a 19-year-old woman dead. It’s unclear what transpired before the video was recorded. pic.twitter.com/mySob07Npw — Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) June 20, 2021 The officer, who appears to work for the Flint Police Department, audibly expresses his anguish. (RELATED: Police Officer Dragged To Death By Car, Suspect Fatally Shot) “No police officer looks forward to using fatal force,” a Michigan State Police spokesperson told Fox News. “The emotional impacts of an incident such as this are far reaching.” Preliminary investigation indicates the officer, who was working a traffic...
    A menu that the manager of an Ikea store in Atlanta says was meant to honor Juneteenth instead angered Black employees who called it insensitive. Many didn't show up for work on Saturday – Juneteenth – and some even thought about quitting. The manager is apologizing. Employees who requested anonymity due to fear of repercussions showed CBS Atlanta affiliate WGCL-TV an email sent Friday that said the special menu for customers and employees was one way to "honor the perseverance of Black Americans and acknowledge the progress yet to be made." The menu included items such as fried chicken, watermelon, mac and cheese and collard greens. Employees called that racially insensitive and ignorant and said members of management need to do more to educate themselves on black culture moving forward.  "You cannot say serving watermelon on Juneteenth is a soul food menu when you don't even know the history -- they used to feed slaves watermelon during the slavery time," one employee said. Trending News Child Tax Credit: Here's who will get up to $1,800 per child in cash...
    A 19-year-old Michigan teen who was killed by a cop in a shootout after opening fire on the officer "had lost her boyfriend to a police shooting days earlier." Briana Sykes was identified by police as the victim that was shot around 2.15pm on Saturday just blocks away from a Juneteenth parade. 12Sykes' death prompted a wave of tribute posts on social media from her loved onesCredit: Facebook 12Skye's cousin, Micajah Reynold wrote a tribute post to FacebookCredit: Facebook 12Someone was seen pointing a gunCredit: Facebook/India Anderson 12Briana Sykes was identified by police as the victim that was shot on SaturdayCredit: Facebook Sykes' death prompted a wave of tribute posts on social media from her loved ones, including one claiming the 19-year-old's boyfriend had also died by police just days before. Her cousin, Micajah Reynold wrote to Facebook: "Many already know and have reached out but for those who don't, my cousin was the woman in the viral video who was killed by police Saturday in Flint after firing at an officer. "Although I don't have all the details and...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — The Alameda County Coroner’s Office on Tuesday afternoon identified the man who died in the Juneteenth mass shooting at Oakland’s Lake Merritt as 22-year-old Dashawn Rhoades. The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office tweeted out the information shortly before 4 p.m. READ MORE: Animal Rights Group Sues Park Service Over Dying Elk At Point Reyes National Seashore The victim from the June 19th homicide on the 2200 Block of Lakeshore Drive in Oakland has been identified by the Coroner’s Bureau as: Dashawn Rhoades, age 22, A resident of Oakland and San Francisco. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact @oaklandpoliceca — Alameda County Sheriff (@ACSOSheriffs) June 22, 2021 Oakland police had previously confirmed that the man who died in the shooting was a 22-year-old male from San Francisco. The sheriff’s office said Rhoades was a resident of Oakland and San Francisco. ALSO READ: San Francisco Gang Warfare Blamed For Oakland Lake Merritt Mass Shooting The mass shooting during Juneteenth festivities at Lake Merritt on Saturday also injured eight victims. Rhoades was the only fatality...
    More On: police shootings Out-of-control pet chimp shot dead by deputy Colorado shooting leaves police officer dead Father of Pharrell’s cousin killed in police shooting files $50M federal lawsuit Eyewitness recounts horror as driver plowed into bicyclists during race A dramatic new video shows the moment a Michigan cop shoots and kills a 19-year-old woman at a Juneteenth parade — and then crumbles to the ground in tears. Authorities said the woman, Briana Sykes, drove up to the cop, who was on traffic duty during the Flint parade on Saturday, and fired at the officer, Fox affiliate WJBK-TV reported. The unnamed officer is seen on the footage yelling for Sykes to drop the weapon before he opens fire into the car. Police tried to revive Sykes at the scene to no avail — and the sobbing officer is seen falling to the ground in anguish. Sykes was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead, authorities said. “I kind of feel like him dropping, it was the devastation of the whole situation,” one eyewitness told the...
    The crowd at a Saturday night Juneteenth celebration in Oakland, California, partied on an ambulance that was responding to a deadly shooting. The footage of the incident, which was widely circulated on the internet Monday, shows the revelers dancing, jumping and twerking on the ambulance as EMTs responded to the shooting that left five wounded and one dead. WATCH: Shooting at Oakland CA Juneteenth celebrations last night, leave 1 dead and 5 injured. This is how people reacted when the EMTs arrived. pic.twitter.com/AcFPciJuzq — Anthea (@Anthea06274890) June 21, 2021 Shots rang out as 1,000 people gathered at Lake Merritt in Oakland to celebrate Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in America. Bullets struck six victims between the ages of 16 and 27 and a 22-year-old later died of his wounds at the hospital, Oakland police said in a statement. Two armed men were arrested after running from the scene of the shooting, police also confirmed. The investigation is ongoing. OPD investigating a shooting 2200/Lakeshore 6 reported shot, 1 of which is deceased. OPD arrested 2 men w/guns. OPD...
    FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A 19-year-old Michigan woman died after exchanging gunfire with a police officer who was controlling traffic near a weekend Juneteenth parade, authorities said. The Flint officer was “fired upon by the lone occupant of a vehicle who drove up to him at the traffic point,” state police said on Twitter. “Upon taking fire, the officer returned fire, striking the suspect.” READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Coming? The woman was identified as Briana Sykes, 19, of Flint. No one else was injured Saturday. It wasn’t known yet why Sykes shot at the officer, Lt. Kim Vetter of the state police said Monday. READ MORE: Michigan Reports 327 New COVID-19 Cases, 35 Deaths Flint resident Keith Lewis said the shooting was shocking on a day that commemorates the end of slavery. “I was going to come down and get my lawn chair and sit down and really enjoy it. … Oh, my goodness. All I can do is just pray,” Lewis told WNEM-TV. MORE NEWS: Police Investigating Shootings Across Detroit © 2021 Associated Press. All Rights...
    Authorities claimed a woman who shot at a police officer in Flint, Michigan during a Juneteenth parade has died, according to Fox News. The woman, who has since been identified as 19-year-old Briana Sykes, died due to gunshot wounds she sustained in a firefight with officers that occurred at around 2 p.m. on Saturday, according to Fox News. A preliminary investigation conducted by the Flint Police Department found an officer working at a traffic point during the Juneteenth Celebration Parade “was fired upon by a lone occupant of a vehicle who drove up to him,” a Michigan State Police press release read. Preliminary investigation indicates the officer, who was working a traffic point for the Juneteenth Celebration Parade, was fired upon by the lone occupant of a vehicle who drove up to him at the traffic point. Upon taking fire, the officer returned fire, striking the suspect. — MSP Bay Region (@mspbayregion) June 19, 2021 Once fired upon, the officer returned fire and struck Sykes. Sykes was then transported to Hurley Medical Center where she died from her wounds,...
    At least eight people were fatally shot and dozens were injured during parties or gatherings on or related to the Juneteenth holiday injured in seven parts of the country, according to officials and local reports.  Shootings on Saturday – a newly declared federal holiday honoring Juneteenth – were reported during events in Colorado, California, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana and South Carolina, among others, with at least 33 wounded, according to authorities and multiple reports.  Speaking to reporters following multiple shootings in her city on Saturday, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw noted that many began the day celebrating the designation of Juneteenth as a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery but "we again found ourselves lamenting as an otherwise beautiful afternoon had been sullied with gun violence." Parades, picnics and lessons in history were offered Saturday to commemorate Juneteenth in the U.S., just two days after Congress and President Joe Biden created a federal holiday to observe the end of slavery. But the day was also marked with tragedy for some.   OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA  next Image 1 of 3 In this Saturday,...
    One man was killed and four others injured in a shooting at a shopping mall in Aurora, Colorado, where people gathered to celebrate Juneteenth, according to police. Officers with the Aurora Police Department received at least 50 emergency calls at around 4:19 a.m. Sunday reporting an active shooter at the shopping mall. Police responded and found one adult male suffering from a gunshot wound, the department said in a news release. Police performed CPR on the victim, who has yet to be identified, while en route to the hospital, but he did not survive, police said. Authorities said three other adult males and an adult female were also injured in the shooting. The injured victims transported themselves to local hospitals with a range of minor to serious injuries, but none were threatening, police said. UPDATE: The gathering in the parking lot where the shooting broke out was related to a Juneteenth celebration at a unit in this strip mall. Suspect(s) are at-large. Anyone who witnessed this incident or has information is asked to contact @CrimeStoppersCO.— Aurora...
    A woman in Michigan who authorities say shot at a Flint police officer at a traffic checkpoint during a parade on Juneteenth and was struck when the officer returned fire has since died at the hospital.  Michigan State Police is investigating following the officer-involved shooting that happened at approximately 2:14 p.m. Saturday in the city of Flint. Officials identified the woman as Briana Sykes, 19, of Flint. A preliminary investigation revealed that an officer working a traffic point for the Juneteenth Celebration Parade "was fired upon by a lone occupant of a vehicle who drove up to him," the Flint Police Department said in a press release.  The officer returned fire, striking the suspect, who was transported to a local hospital, police said. MICHIGAN POLICE HUNT 'MONSTER' IN DETROIT FREEWAY SHOOTING THAT LEFT ONE CHILD DEAD, ANOTHER HOSPITALIZED Sykes was taken to Hurley Medical Center later and died from her injuries, according to local media reports.  The incident happened by a gas station on Saginaw Street near Leith Street, Michigan Live reported. Poor quality video circulating online purportedly captured the...
    Ron Johnson Sen. Ron Johnson has some nerve, and the people at Milwaukee’s Juneteenth celebration on Saturday weren’t interested in giving him a pass. In 2020, Johnson blocked legislation that would have made Juneteenth a federal holiday. In 2021, he grudgingly got out of the way, allowing the bill to pass the Senate by unanimous consent. But when he showed up at a Juneteenth event in Milwaukee, his constituents showed they remembered 2020—by booing him. Johnson’s statement that he would allow passage of the Juneteenth holiday made clear that he wasn’t happy about it: “While it still seems strange that having taxpayers provide federal employees paid time off is now required to celebrate the end of slavery, it is clear that there is no appetite in Congress to further discuss the matter.” Kinda sounds like he wanted to block it and some of his fellow Republicans told him no, doesn’t it? When Johnson showed up at Milwaukee’s Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, he initially told reporters that he was getting a good welcome aside from “one nasty comment,” the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported. But then, "as more people recognized...
    TWO men have been arrested after gunmen killed one person and injured six others as they opened fire at a Juneteenth celebration. Shots were heard near Lake Merritt in Oakland, California on Saturday night. 1Gunfire was heard during a Juneteenth celebration in Oakland, California on SaturdayCredit: Citizen A 22-year-old man was killed in the gunfire while six other were shot at and in a stable condition. Cops have arrested two men and recovered two guns, NBC Bay Area reports. Officers are trying to investigate whether they were connected to the shooting. The victim’s identity has not been released. It comes as a woman who was caught in the crossfire mistook the gunfire for fireworks. Anita Flynn was out walking her dog when some 300 party-goers came rushing in her direction. She told KPIX5: "All of sudden, people in front of me started running away from me toward the gazebo. "And I turned around, like, 300 people were running right at me. So I sort of stepped into the bush with my dog and they kind of ran around me....
    Several shootings and a riot occurred at Juneteenth celebrations across the country. The Juneteenth holiday, officially established on the federal level Thursday, was celebrated on Saturday. In North Carolina, an EMS worker was shot while working at a Juneteenth rally in Raleigh. The man was reportedly responding to a child who was in need of medical assistance, according to local news station WRAL. The first responder was reportedly walking back to the ambulance after helping the person in need when shots rang out at the celebration, striking both the man and the ambulance. The man is in good condition at the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. The shooter and their motives are still unknown, but local officials do not believe that EMS workers were specifically targeted. “It’s always a good vibe, and it always has to have a left turn because kids don’t know how to act,” Aliyah Weldon, who was at the protest when the shooting happened, told WRAL. She also said that the gunfire cast an unfortunate shadow on what was an otherwise peaceful...
    A WOMAN who was in the middle of crossfire when two armed men open fire on a Juneteenth celebration in Oakland thought the shots were fireworks. Anita Flynn was out walking her dog when some 300 party-goers came rushing in her directions. 1Four people were shot and one died on Saturday night during a Juneteenth celebration in Oakland, CaliforniaCredit: Citizen Oakland Police are investigating a shooting, 2200 block of Lakeshore Avenue. 4 victims sustained gunshot wounds. One of the victims was pronounced deceased at the hospital. This investigation is still active. If you have information call OPD (510)238-3821 pic.twitter.com/aqRwUE0oDi— Oakland Police Dept. (@oaklandpoliceca) June 20, 2021 "All of sudden, people in front of me started running away from me toward the gazebo,” she told KPIX 5. "And I turned around, like, 300 people were running right at me. So I sort of stepped into the bush with my dog and they kind of ran around me. "I thought it was maybe just fireworks." One 22-year-old male is dead and five others are wounded after two armed men began shooting into...
    (CNN)A Michigan police officer shot and killed a 19-year-old woman Saturday after police said she shot at the officer near a Juneteenth parade, officials said.The officer wasn't injured.The woman, who was not identified by police, allegedly fired at a Flint Police Department officer who was working a traffic point during the city's Juneteenth Celebration Parade, the Michigan State Police said in a statement. "Preliminary investigation indicates the officer, who was working a traffic point for the Juneteenth Celebration Parade, was fired upon by the lone occupant of a vehicle who drove up to him at the traffic point. Upon taking fire, the officer returned fire, striking the suspect," state police said. No bystanders were hurt.Read MoreMichigan State Police is investigating at the request of the Flint Police Department, the agency said on Twitter.The shooting in Flint, Michigan, comes days after President Joe Biden signed legislation establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day -- a US federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
    A JUNETEENTH celebration in Oakland ended in bloodshed, with one person dead and numerous others wounded by gunshots. At around 6:25pm, cops say gunfire rang out as over 1,000 people amassed to enjoy the newly minted federal holiday. 1Four people were shot and one died on Saturday night during a Juneteenth celebration in Oakland, CaliforniaCredit: Citizen Oakland police confirmed of of the four people were shot died. Oakland Police are investigating a shooting, 2200 block of Lakeshore Avenue. 4 victims sustained gunshot wounds. One of the victims was pronounced deceased at the hospital. This investigation is still active. If you have information call OPD (510)238-3821 pic.twitter.com/aqRwUE0oDi— Oakland Police Dept. (@oaklandpoliceca) June 20, 2021 The victim had been rushed to a hospital but was later pronounced dead. There was fifth person who was injured, but didn't get shot, KGO reported. The festivities drew a crowd of around 1000 people to the area to partake in Juneteenth. More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The Sun is your go to destination for...
    Heavy The Michigan State Police Bay Area confirmed that there was a police shooting in the City of Flint during a parade for Juneteenth Day celebrations. They say a person – identified by local television as a Flint woman – opened fire first at an officer working traffic for the parade. “At the request of the Flint Police Department, the Michigan State Police is investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred at approximately 2:14 p.m. in the City of Flint involving a Flint Police Officer,” the agency wrote on Twitter. A woman was shot by police in Flint, Michigan, according to social media reports, but authorities have not confirmed the gender of the person involved. The condition of the person involved was not clear. Here’s video from the scene: Play Police-involved shooting in FlintScene of a police-involved shooting on Saginaw Street near Leith Street on June 19, 2021.2021-06-19T20:05:55Z However, Fox 25 reported that the person shot was a 19-year-old woman from Flint. The officer returned fire and shot her, the television station reported. The shooting occurred...
    MARIN CITY (KPIX) — June 19 — Juneteenth — commemorates the unofficial end of slavery in America but June 19, 2021 was the first time it was actually recognized as an official, national holiday. That had special meaning to people gathered at Marin City for a celebration. Juneteenth marks the day that Union soldiers arrived in Texas with news that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved people were free. The effective end of slavery was celebrated by the Black community then just as it was Saturday in Marin City. At the town’s fifth-annual festival, Pastor Floyd Thompkins reminded the crowd that the news came two and half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. There are various explanations about why the news was delivered so late. One is that a government messenger was murdered on the way to Texas. Another is that the news was deliberately withheld to maintain the plantation labor force for as long as possible. As a result, Pastor Thompkins said, for Black Americans, Juneteenth is not just about achieving freedom but also the...
    Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) got a less-than-warm welcome at Milwaukee’s Juneteenth festivities Saturday, drawing boos and jeers from attendees, angry at his past opposition to the bill that recognized the day as a new national holiday. Johnson had long opposed the creation of an additional federal holiday. Last July, he was the sole Republican in the Senate who had objected to passing the bill, co-sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), by unanimous consent. As the Wisconsin State Journal reported: At the time, Johnson said that while he favored celebrating the end of slavery, he would not support adding another paid day off for federal workers, and wanted more debate. Specifically, Johnson had said discussions at the time about the measure left out the fact that it would give federal workers a paid day off “that the rest of Americans have to pay for.” …According to Johnson, making Juneteenth a federal paid holiday for 2 million or so federal employees would cost around $600 million per year. Johnson said he “strongly” supports...
    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) was met with boos while attending a Juneteenth celebration on Saturday in Milwaukee, Wisc., WDJT reported. According to WDJT, the Republican senator was heckled by crowd members while speaking to reporters.  Other reporters and I were interviewing @RonJohnsonWI at Milwaukee’s #Juneteenth celebration when a crowd booed Johnson. As the media availability ended, people continued expressing disapproval when he left. This continued as he made his way through the event. pic.twitter.com/NNhs3BJ33s— Victor Jacobo (@victorjacobo_) June 19, 2021 At one point during the video, a bystander can be heard saying "We don't need you out here."  The resistance to Johnson comes after the lawmaker issued a statement objecting to making Juneteenth a nationally recognized holiday earlier this week.  “Last year, a bill was introduced to celebrate Juneteenth by providing an additional paid holiday for 2 million federal employees at a cost of $600 million per year. They attempted to pass the bill without debate or amendment process,” Johnson said.  “Although I strongly support celebrating Emancipation, I objected to the cost and lack of debate.  While it still seems strange...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff MONESSEN (KDKA) — For the first time ever, the City of Monessen celebrated Juneteenth. READ MORE: No One Injured In Two-Alarm Fire At Mobile Home In North Fayette Township The city partnered with its new human relations commission to honor the day this Saturday. READ MORE: March Calls For Justice For Antwon Rose II On Day Marking 3 Years Since His Death “We are honored that so many people came out to weather the rain and the humidity to come and celebrate this awesome holiday that has been long overdue but is finally here,” said Darla Holmes with the Monessen Human Relations Commission. MORE NEWS: Homestead Grays Bridge Will Be Rededicated On Sunday Organizers hope the celebration grows each year to include more people.
    Andrea Guzman Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.After a four-hour drive from Albuquerque, the Silvas stood at the foot of the Rio Grande in El Paso, Texas, waiting for permission to walk onto a narrow wooden bridge in the shallow river. They had just been summoned by megaphone to walk through a gate in the border fencing and down a concrete path leading to the river. In this decidedly unsentimental setting, Lily Silva’s three-month-old, Angela, would get to meet her brother, Leo, who lives in Juárez, Mexico, with his father. Three minutes later, they would go their separate ways. The Silvas were among the 200 families or so who reunited Saturday in a “Hugs Not Walls” event, during which families separated by the US–Mexico border are allowed to reunite for a few minutes. This was the Silvas first time attending the event, and they were optimistic that it would be their last. “Hopefully by next year, [Leo] is gonna be up...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Several events were held Saturday to celebrate Juneteenth. In Overtown, an event included music, games, and food. Just a family fun atmosphere for the community. READ MORE: Deadly Shooting Investigated In NW Miami But this is not just about fun. Organizers tell CBS4 that part of today’s celebration is to educate the community about Juneteenth. This is the 20th Juneteenth celebration for the Overtown community, but organizers say this celebration is much more special because earlier this week Juneteenth officially became a federal holiday, after it was signed into law by President Biden. READ MORE: Love Is Love Part II Mural Unveiled In Honor Of Pride Month It commemorates the day enslaved African Americans found out slavery had ended, two years after slavery had been abolished. “This was a part of history that our people did not know about, so when a coworker of mine brought it up to me this is why we started doing this event. Folks need to know their history. Where they come from. Even though it was two years...
    MCKINNEY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The federal holiday, Juneteenth, will be recognized and city leaders across the state are preparing for the monumental day. Places like McKinney have celebrated the occasion before but their secretary, Empress Drane, says this year they’re highlighting it more than ever before. “I think that a lot of energy around social initiative has brought a lot of awareness to things like diversity, equality, and inclusion,” Drane explained. “Juneteenth seems very appropriate to magnify.” List Of Juneteenth Events In North Texas Drane says McKinney’s Juneteenth celebration will include games, history lessons and water activities. The city of Arlington is planning to throw their own Juneteenth Jubilee for the first time ever, which will also include interactive opportunities and Black history education. “It’s two and a half hours from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. which will symbolize the two and a half years of lost freedom after emancipation proclamation,” said Chris Hightower, president and CEO of Arlington Museum of Art. “It took two and a half years to get about 250,000 people who were enslaved, free.”...
    Former President Obama during ABC’s Juneteenth television special said that ensuring that democracy “continues to work effectively” as the United States becomes more diverse is one of the main things that “keeps him up at night.”  During a special episode of ABC’s documentary series “Soul of a Nation” titled, “Juneteenth: Together We Triumph,” the former president was asked by “Good Morning America” co-host Michael Strahan, “What keeps you up at night, and what gives you the most joy?”  In response to the first question, Obama replied, “How does our democracy get refreshed and updated so that it continues to work effectively as we become a more diverse society?”  “How can we ensure that if you work hard in this country, you can make it?” the former commander in chief added.  Obama’s interview was included in the two-hour television special celebrating the history and culture of Black Americans and the legacy of Juneteenth, the day commemorating when news of slavery’s end reached Texas in 1865, nearly two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.  The day, June 19, officially became a federal holiday...
    DENVER (CBS4)– The Juneteenth flag is flying at the state Capitol. The Black Democratic Legislative Caucus of Colorado joined Gov. Jared Polis as the flag raising on Friday. (credit: CBS) Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Even though the Emancipation Proclamation became official on January 1, 1863, it had little effect in Texas because of the small number of Union troops. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston with Union soldiers with the news the war had ended two years previously and slaves were free. It followed General Lee’s surrender in April of 1865. READ MORE: Water Activity Restrictions Lifted On Clear Creek In Jefferson County The flag raising also marks the first federal recognition of the Juneteenth holiday, which Black Democratic Legislative Caucus of Colorado chair Leslie Herod said is just the first step. READ MORE: Tammsha Rice-Williams Arrested In Connection With Deadly Shooting At N. Colorado Blvd. & E. Colfax Ave. (credit: CBS) “I think with this acknowledgement of the federal holiday comes an acknowledgment...
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