Mothers from around the country are in Washington, D.C. for a march against police brutality.
The first Million Moms March is today, Saturday, and supports women who’ve lost children at the hands of police officers, according to NBC4 Washington.
They are meeting at John Marshall Park in Judiciary Square and will walk from there along Constitution Avenue to the Department of Justice to present their demands before returning to the park for a program that will conclude at 2:30 p.m.
“Enough is enough,” said Marion Gray-Hopkins, whose 19-year-old son Gary was killed by a police officer in Prince George’s County in 1999.
Supporters of the march lobbied on Capitol Hill Friday morning before gathering in John Marshall Park Friday afternoon, writes NBC4 Washington.
An Ohio man who spent 39 years in prison for a murder that he did not commit will receive more than $1 million in compensation from the state of Ohio for his wrongful imprisonment, states The Telegraph.
Ricky Jackson, who was only saved from execution by a paperwork error, served the longest known sentence of any American who was subsequently found to have been wrongfully convicted.
“Wow, wow, wow, that’s fantastic, man,” Mr Jackson, 58, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper when he was told that he would receive the million-dollar payment following an order from the Ohio court of claims.
“This is going to mean so much.”
Jackson was 19 when he and two friends were sentenced to death row in 1975 for the murder of Harold Franks, a money order salesman, near a corner store in Cleveland.
He and the two brothers were convicted on the basis of the testimony of a 13-year-old boy who said that he witnessed the killing of Franks.
The boy, Eddie Vernon, was on a school bus a block away with other children at the time.
He later recanted his account as an adult. However, no other witnesses placed him at the scene at the time of the murder and there was no other evidence linking him to the killing, states The Telegraph. He was originally sentenced to die, but appeals and mistakes in the paperwork delayed the process.
According to ABC News, Pope Francis flew out of The Philippines on Monday after a weeklong trip that included a visit to Sri Lanka and drew what Filipino officials says was a record crowd of 6 million faithful in a Manila park where he celebrated Mass.
President Benigno Aquino III, church leaders and 400 street children yelling “Pope Francis we love you,” saw him off at a Manila air base, where the pontiff, carrying a black travel bag, boarded a Philippine Airlines plane for a flight to Rome.
Standing at the top of the stairs, the pope waved to the crowd, slightly bowed his head, then walked into the plane.
Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos lined Manila’s streets, with police keeping a close watch, to have their final glimpse of Francis, who smiled and waved aboard an open-sided, white popemobile.