FORMERLY INCARCERATED ADVOCATE NORMAN BROWN TELLS OBAMA TO STEP UP COMMUTATIONS ON TV ONE’S NEWS ONE NOW
— Roland Martin Calls Out Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Top Cop Choice —
Formerly incarcerated advocate Norman Brown appeared today on TV One’s News One Now to discuss President Obama’s recent decision to commute the prison sentences of 61 convicted drug offenders. After serving 24 years in prison, Obama commuted Brown’s life without parole sentence in July 2015 for a non-violent drug offense. Since then, he has pledged to work with underprivileged youth in his community — in particular, to help other young men avoid the mistakes he made himself.
Brown asked of Obama, “There are those that are before you who are trailblazers…those that you give a second chance to in life can really, you not only help us, you help our families. Not only do you help our families, but we have a lot to give back to society once we begin to grow up, mature, and understand the value of life. So I would like to ask the president as I did yesterday, Mr. President, with any power that you do have, continue to please use your computation power because there are many men and women in jail that deserve a second chance.”
Later, host and managing editor Roland Martin brought up Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s unprecedented choice for Chicago Police Superintendent. Rejecting the Chicago Police Board’s three recommended finalists, Emanuel appointed veteran cop and CPD’s head of patrol, Eddie Johnson, to the role of interim superintendent. “That’s the fundamental problem in Chicago. As you long as you keep making this an internal thing…that’s the problem. That’s how the Laquan McDonald stuff comes along because they’re unwilling to come in and root out that good ole boys system in Chicago…It is a culture in Chicago,” said Martin.
Panelists Ray Baker of Ray Baker Media, Former Federal Prosecutor Laura Coates, and Republican Political Strategist Rina Shah Bhararaalso joined the conversation. Coates responded, “What Rahm Emanuel did is completely miss the point. There is a mistrust, a fundamental mistrust that’s been very earned by the police in Chicago, and its elected officials and Rahm Emanuel is part of that mistrust.”
Chicago law requires the mayor to pick from finalists the Police Board gives him. Since that has not happened, the board must now conduct a second search, and presumably select Emanuel’s choice of Johnson as a finalist. Martin called out the hypocrisy of the system and Emanuel’s lack of respect for the law in seemingly going around it.
Added Baker, “At best, Mayor Emanuel lacks complete and utter self-awareness and at worst, he is disgustingly arrogant and cares not about the people’s opinion.”
To watch Norman Brown’s call for President Obama to step up commutations, and the conversation on Rahm Emanuel’s top cop choice in Chicago, please http://www.tvone.tv and www.newsone.com
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