PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Ishmael Reed: Remembering Muhammad Ali and His Anti-war politics” / RT America / Ashlee Banks ☮

Five decades ago Muhammad Ali made headlines, not for boxing but for refusing to be drafted for the Vietnam War. His view was that African-Americans shouldn’t have to fight because of how they were treated in the United States. RT America’s Ashlee Banks discusses Ali’s legacy with activist and author Ishmael Reed.

POLICE BRUTALITY AND EXECUTIONS: “Florida Police Shoot Unarmed Caregiver with Hands up in Front of Autistic Patient” / RT America / Ashlee Banks, and Marina Portnaya ☮

There has been yet another police shooting of an unarmed black male, this time in North Miami, Florida. Charles Kinsey, a behavior therapist at a mental health center, was helping a 23-year-old autistic patient who had run away from a local group home when he was approached by i police. Cellphone video appears to show Kinsey complying with officers, with his hands up as he lay on the ground when he was shot. RT correspondent Marina Portnaya has the report.

POLICE BRUTALITY AND EXECUTIONS: “Retired US Marshal, ‘No Shots Needed to be Fired'” / RT America / Ashlee Banks ☮

The North Miami Police Department is under fire after the officer-involved shooting of an unarmed black special-needs caregiver. Charles Kinsey was shot after police responded to a call of a man in a street with a gun, threatening to commit suicide. The man in the street with Kinsey was an autistic gentleman who was actually carrying a toy truck and not a gun. Cellphone video appears to show Kinsey cooperating with police orders before he was shot. Retired US Marshal Matthew Fogg tells RT America’s Ashlee Banks that many officers overreact in these sorts of situations and that, based on the video he’s seen, “no shots needed to be fired.”