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Grand jury to investigate death of New York man in police chokehold

Grand jury to investigate death of New York man in police chokehold

NEW YORK, Aug. 19 (UPI) --A special grand jury will begin investigating the death of a man in an apparent chokehold by a New York City police officer, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
Frances Burns
Ferguson police: Protest, rally, hold vigils during daylight hours

Ferguson police: Protest, rally, hold vigils during daylight hours

FERGUSON , Mo., Aug. 13 (UPI) --Police in Ferguson, Missouri ask citizens to restrict their civil disobedience to daylight hours after another shooting occurred early Wednesday morning.
JC Sevcik
NYPD officer in chokehold death on desk duty, EMTs suspended

NYPD officer in chokehold death on desk duty, EMTs suspended

NEW YORK, July 22 (UPI) --Officer placed on desk duty after man placed in chokehold dies while being taken into custody; internal memo: victim "did not appear to be in great distress."
JC Sevcik
Al Sharpton to call for investigation into choking death of man by NYPD

Al Sharpton to call for investigation into choking death of man by NYPD

NEW YORK, July 18 (UPI) --The Rev. Al Sharpton to meet with family of man who died during arrest and call for investigation into his death at hands of NYPD.
Danielle Haynes
Central Park Five settle with NYC for $40 million for wrongful conviction

Central Park Five settle with NYC for $40 million for wrongful conviction

NEW YORK, June 20 (UPI) --Five men wrongfully convicted of the 1989 rape of a Central Park jogger have settled with New York City for $40 million for their undeserved imprisonment.
Matt Bradwell
Funeral held for boy stabbed in NYC public housing elevator

Funeral held for boy stabbed in NYC public housing elevator

NEW YORK, June 6 (UPI) --An ex-con charged with killing a 6-year-old boy in a New York tenement elevator was denied bail, while his alleged victim was mourned at a Brooklyn church.
Frances Burns
The Smoking Gun posts documents on the Rev. Al Sharpton's work as FBI informant

The Smoking Gun posts documents on the Rev. Al Sharpton's work as FBI informant

NEW YORK, April 8 (UPI) -- The Smoking Gun website has posted documents on Sharpton's work as an FBI agent in the 1980s while he was a controversial New York civil rights leader.
Frances Burns
Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson to perform at BET Honors

Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson to perform at BET Honors

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monae, Tamar Braxton and Smokey Robinson are to perform at the BET Honors ceremony in Washington this month.
Michelle Obama celebrates 50th with 500 guests including Beyonce, Blue Ivy

Michelle Obama celebrates 50th with 500 guests including Beyonce, Blue Ivy

Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Michelle Obama celebrated her 50th birthday Saturday dancing to catching tunes from Queen Bey.
Veronica Linares

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Jan. 3, 2014.
By United Press International

President Obama grants clemency to 21 people

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama granted clemency to 21 people Thursday in the form of eight commutations and 13 pardons, the White House said.

The 'Knockout Game' is about more than fistfights

OCALA, Fla., Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Over the last few weeks, a horrid phenomenon known as "the knockout game" has spread across the United States like wildfire.
JOSEPH F. COTTO, UPI Outside View Commentator
Tracy Morgan enjoying return to stand-up comedy

Tracy Morgan enjoying return to stand-up comedy

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. comedian Tracy Morgan is returning to stand-up comedy but he says, even during his years on "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" he never left.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013.
By United Press International
King's March on Washington remembered 50 years later

King's March on Washington remembered 50 years later

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Voting rights were a main topic when tens of thousands gathered in Washington, nearly 50 years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.
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The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks during a tribute to pop singer Michael Jackson at the Apollo Theater on June 30, 2009 in New York. Jackson, who first performed at the theater at age 9, died the last week from a heart attack.(UPI Photo/Monika Graff)
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Alfred Charles "Al" Sharpton, Jr. (born October 3, 1954) is an American Baptist minister, civil rights activist, and radio talk show host. In 2004, he was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. presidential election. He hosts his own radio talk show, Keepin’ It Real, and he makes regular guest appearances on Fox News (such as The O'Reilly Factor) CNN, and MSNBC.

Sharpton's supporters praise "his ability and willingness to defy the power structure that is seen as the cause of their suffering" and consider him "a man who is willing to tell it like it is". Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, a one-time foe, said that Sharpton deserves the respect he enjoys among African Americans: "He is willing to go to jail for them, and he is there when they need him."

His critics describe him as "a political radical who is to blame, in part, for the deterioration of race relations". Sociologist Orlando Patterson has referred to him as a racial arsonist, while liberal columnist Derrick Z. Jackson has called him the black equivalent of Richard Nixon and Pat Robertson. Sharpton sees much of the criticism as a sign of his effectiveness. "In many ways, what they consider criticism is complimenting my job," he said. "An activist’s job is to make public civil rights issues until there can be a climate for change."

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