By Jerry Mathis
(PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY - May 11, 2009) - I'm saddened to inform you that a champion of MBE advancement and a member of the Prince George's Business and Community Coalition (PGBCC) has gone on to be with the Lord.
Rev. Chet Howard passed on Wednesday May 6, 2009 and we will sorely miss him.
As a member of the PGBCC and a stalwart for MBE causes in both the state and county, Chet worked tirelessly for the advancement of his people to be included in the prosperity that we deserve.
As I get more information on the home going arrangements I will forward them to you.
VANGUARD: Welcomes Talks with Justice Department Regarding Treatment of Black Officers
: “We look forward to talking with the Justice Department about the treatment of African American officers when it conducts its investigation of the Baltimore Police Department,” states Lt. Kenneth Butler (pictured above), President of the Vanguard Justice Society. Read in Full >>
STATEMENT: VANGUARD JUSTICE SOCIETY RESPONDS TO INDICTMENTS OF SIX BALTIMORE POLICE OFFICERS
“The Vanguard Justice Society continues to support all six of our colleagues during this very difficult time for both citizens and police officers alike. We firmly believe in, and uphold, the principle that an individual is innocent until proven guilty by a jury of their peers.
Vanguard also continues to stress that we, as an organization of African American and minority officers in the Baltimore Police Department, should have input in the upcoming investigation of the Baltimore Police Department by the U.S. Department of Justice.
We too are part of this community and, as a result, welcome and strongly encourage the investigation into the patterns and practices of the Baltimore Police Department as they relate not only to interaction with citizens but also their impact on the role, status and treatment of its members and other officers. Vanguard’s goal is to start a national dialogue with the hope that the conversation will result in improved police-public relationships; and address the concerns of the African American community.” Read in Full >>
TGR: Six Officers Indicted in Freddie Gray Homicide
I imagine there is a sigh of relief for many – a gasp for air for others. A blow has been struck on behalf of the community, a majority black community in West Baltimore. The Case of Freddie Gray’s untimely death at the age of 25 has taken a second critical step towards justice.
The six officers involved in Gray’s death were indicted today. Read in Full >>