NEW YORK PRISONS
Abuse allegations: Were inmates at Clinton Correctional Facility abused during the search for escapees Richard Matt and David Sweat? That’s what many prisoners alleged in complaints being investigated by the state Department of Correctional Services. Inmates said they were physically abused, placed in solitary confinement and stripped of privileges during the search for the fugitives. Some prisoners even alleged that guards beat them during interrogations. The corrections officers’ union said the reports about the inmates’ complaints were “one-sided” and full of “inaccurate facts.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
The King’s speech: Before he had a dream, he had a practice. Nine months before the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his historic “I Have A Dream” speech during 1963’s March on Washington, he tried it out in a gym at a North Carolina high school. Someone in the crowd recorded it, but the tape was almost lost to history. After the reel-to-reel tape was rediscovered, it was restored and digitized and released this week by North Carolina State University. This earlier speech, although longer than the final version, still contained those famous refrains that have touched the nation’s conscience for decades.
Cop canned: The fatal shooting of an unarmed college football player has cost a Texas police officer his job. Brad Miller was fired yesterday, with Arlington’s police chief citing Miller’s “poor judgment” as the cause of the termination. Miller shot 19-year-old Christian Taylor multiple times after Taylor allegedly drove his SUV through the front window of a car dealership. Taylor was inside the building when police arrived and reportedly didn’t comply with commands to surrender.
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