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There were new demands for change today after the videotaped killing of a black man by a white policeman in South Carolina. North Charleston officer Michael Slager fired eight times at Walter Scott as he ran away.
DOT SCOTT, President, Charleston NAACP:
Slager is now charged with murder, and the NAACP called today for a federal investigation of the entire police force. When an officer at 9:30 in the morning on a Saturday feels comfortable enough in open space to fire and execute another citizen, and then boldly tamper with the evidence, that tells you there’s a culture here that it’s all right; nobody prior to me has ever been charged, so I probably won’t be either.
Later, authorities released Slager’s dashboard camera video. It showed Walter Scott getting out of his car after a traffic stop, and running away. Slager was cleared of excessive use of force in a 2013 incident. A police spokesman now says that case will be reviewed again.
Thousands of U.S. veterans are still on long waiting lists for medical care a year after a scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Associated Press reported today the number of veterans waiting more than 30 to 60 days for an appointment has remained virtually unchanged. But cases delayed more than 90 days have nearly doubled.
President Obama is calling for an end to so-called conversion therapy for gay, lesbian and transgender youth. It’s aimed at changing their orientation to heterosexual. In a White House statement last night, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said — quote — “Overwhelming scicybentific evidence demonstrates that conversion therapy, especially when it is practiced on young people, is neither medically nor ethically appropriate and can cause substantial harm.”
The French public broadcaster TV5Monde struggled to recover today from a major cyber-attack. Hackers who said they’re Islamic State supporters claimed responsibility. They blacked out 11 of the French network’s TV channels overnight. They also took control of its Web site and social media feeds, posting material protesting French military action in Iraq.
YVES BIGOT, Director, TV5Monde:
It’s been a very powerful cyber-attack, because we have very strong firewalls, and that have been checked very recently, and were said to be very safe. So, obviously, it’s a very knowledgeable and powerful cyber-attack.
The Paris prosecutor’s office has now opened a terror investigation into the hacking.
Back in this country, Wall Street managed to make up a little ground. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 56 points to close above 17950. The Nasdaq rose nearly 24 points, and the S&P 500 added nine.
And this was the 150th anniversary of the key event in ending the Civil War. On April 9, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union Commander Ulysses S. Grant. It took place at Appomattox, Virginia, where Civil War reenactors staged mock battles today. The area is now part of a national historical park.