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1. Washington Post – On Sunday, TD Jakes turned his regular service into a town hall meeting, inviting into the pulpit Dallas Police Chief David Brown, Mayor Mike Rawlings and Saundra Sterling, the mother of the 37-year-old black man who Tuesday was fatally shot by white officers in Baton Rouge, La. Jakes, wearing a black suit and gold tie, prayed for both Reynolds and Castile’s family. “Lord let justice prevail. Wrap your arms around them,” he intoned. Yet he also urged prayers for the Dallas police force. “This was a peaceful demonstration that turned horribly tragic. These officers gave their lives protecting not just black people but white people, Latinos, people of all races. Let’s praise God for these officers,” Jakes said as people in the 10,000-seat, capacity-filled sanctuary jumped to their feet and applauded.

2. Post and Courier – A united front of those who lost loved ones in the Emanuel AME Church shooting has come forward to denounce their former interim pastor for his treatment of them — and to protest his bid to become bishop. When the AME Church’s general conference votes Monday for new bishops, the Rev. Norvel Goff will stand among 30 candidates one year after the racially motivated killings thrust him onto an international stage. Voting for six seats begins Monday in Philadelphia during the denomination’s meeting, held every four years. Heading into that vote, the victims’ families said they want people to know that while the nation focused on their words of forgiveness, their pastor ignored their spiritual wounds. Immediate family members of six victims told The Post and Courier Friday that once the high-profile funerals ended, Goff never called or visited them to pray or provide religious counseling even as he held memorials and other public events for the “Emanuel Nine.” Several said they contacted Goff repeatedly, but he didn’t respond. Nor did he send one of the three dozen clergy he supervised. Other victims’ relatives agreed but didn’t want to say so publicly.

3. CNN – Carol Swain, a conservative African-American professor, slammed the Black Lives Matter movement Saturday, calling it a “very destructive force” in America. CNN’s Michael Smerconish asked Swain, along with civil rights attorney Areva Martin, to comment on the conservative website Drudge Report’s decision to lead the homepage with the title “Black Lives Kill” following the shooting of police officers in Dallas. The headline was quickly pulled down. “Is this the end of the Black Lives Matter movement?” Smerconish asked. “I certainly hope so,” Swain, a law professor at Vanderbilt University, responded on CNN’s “Smerconish.” “Because I believe that it’s been a very destructive force in America, and I urge all of your viewers to go to that website and look at what they’re really about. It’s a Marxist organization all about black liberation. It’s not really addressing the real problems affecting African-Americans and so it’s problematic, it’s misleading black people, it needs to go.”

4. USA Today – President Obama signed a proclamation Friday lowering flags to half-staff at the White House and throughout the government in memory of the police officers killed in Dallas. Flags will remain lowered until sunset Tuesday, The sniper-style attack that killed five police officers and injured seven others made Thursday the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since Sept. 11, 2001. It’s the 67th time Obama has ordered flags at half-staff, an act he has performed more than any other president, according to a USA TODAY analysis after the terror attack in Orlando last month.

5. Chicago Tribune – A prominent Black Lives Matter activist, three journalists and more than 120 other people were taken into custody in Louisiana over the weekend, authorities said Sunday, in connection with protests over the fatal shooting of an African-American man by two white police officers in Baton Rouge. Spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks of the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office told The Associated Press that nearly 100 people were taken to the parish jail over protests that began late Saturday. Most of those arrested were from Louisiana and faced a single charge of obstructing a highway. A first wave of arrests took place on Friday and early Saturday, with 30 people taken into custody.

6. USA Today – The Black Lives Matter movement that’s arisen in response to police shootings of black men is part of a long line of protest movements that have transformed America for the better, President Obama said Sunday, defending the protests amid renewed tensions over race and policing across the country. But he also acknowledged that those debates are often “messy and controversial,” and urged protesters to “maintain a respectful, thoughtful tone” after a week of deadly shootings — both of African-American men by police and of police officers by a Dallas gunman. Obama cut short his four-day trip to Europe and instead will go to Dallas Tuesday to speak an an interfaith prayer service, the White House announced Sunday. He’ll also devote most of the week working on police issues, aides said.

7. AP – Acting U.S. Attorney Beth Drake has written an open letter to the relatives of nine black parishioners fatally shot in a Charleston church last year and to three survivors of the shooting. In a letter posted online Wednesday, Drake told the families that both the federal government and state prosecutors are seeking justice as they prepare to try accused shooter Dylann Roof. The comment is Drake’s first since taking over the office for Bill Nettles, who resigned last month as South Carolina’s top federal prosecutor.

8. LA Times – In a leafy, urban park, amid a backdrop of gleaming skyscrapers, a black man’s body was found dangling from a tree. Police officials said the incident early Thursday in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park appeared to be a suicide. The city’s mayor, Kasim Reed, said evidence suggested “no foul play.” Yet the suspicion grew. With African Americans across the nation on edge after consecutive fatal police shootings of black men – Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota – rumor, and then panic spread. Within hours, the hashtag #PiedmontParkHanging was trending on Twitter.

9. ABC – While police departments nationwide remain on edge following last week’s deadly sniper attack in Dallas that left 5 officers dead, the San Antonio Police Department confirmed Saturday that gunfire hit its headquarters. Multiple shell casings were found across the street from the building, and bullet marks were evident on the east side of the building.

10. AP – Chaka Khan and her sister have entered a drug rehabilitation program to battle their addictions to prescription drugs, and Khan says the death of her good friend Prince helped hasten her decision to get help. In a statement released to The Associated Press Sunday, the 63-year-old Grammy-winning singer said she has been battling an addiction to the same medication that led to Prince’s death. Prince was found dead at his Minnesota home April 21. An autopsy found he died of an overdose of fentanyl, a powerful opioid painkiller.