LISTEN: Black Police Worried About Community Relations (UCNN 08/01/17)

1. AP – Black police officers talk of straddling two worlds: the communities where they live, and the police departments where they work. They take seriously their oath to uphold the law and to go after criminals, but they also worry about their own friends, relatives and neighbors who fear the police. “We live in some of the same communities that are affected by this disparate treatment. We go to church in those neighborhoods. We go to the barbershops. Certain things people don’t realize: It’s really hard being black and being a police officer when these things happen,” said Clarence E. Cox III, former chief of Clayton County Schools in Georgia and incoming president of National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. Sessions has questioned the far-reaching federal civil rights investigations that were a cornerstone of the Obama administration’s efforts to overhaul troubled police departments, often after high-profile police deadly encounters with black men inflamed tensions and reignited debates over police-community relations.

2. The Hill – Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski blamed Reince Priebus for leaks from the White House, saying he was “ultimately responsible” in a FOX and Friends interview Tuesday. “If Reince couldn’t control those leaks and those leaks continued to permeate, then he was the one who was ultimately responsible, and General Kelly was brought in to make sure those leaks do not continue,” Lewandowski said when asked why Priebus was fired as White House chief of staff. Lewandowski’s comments come after President Trump announced via Twitter that Priebus would be replaced by General John Kelly as chief of staff. Priebus was removed when his feud with former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci apparently reached a breaking point.

3. Reuters – A former U.S. Justice Department official has become the latest lawyer to join special counsel Robert Mueller’s team investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, a spokesman for the team confirmed. Greg Andres started on Tuesday, becoming the 16th lawyer on the team, said Josh Stueve, a spokesman for the special counsel. Most recently a white-collar criminal defense lawyer with New York law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, Andres, 50, served at the Justice Department from 2010 to 2012. He was deputy assistant attorney general in the criminal division, where he oversaw the fraud unit and managed the program that targeted illegal foreign bribery.

4. LA Times – Two Yuba County sheriff’s deputies were shot Tuesday morning while responding to call of “an agitated and possibly armed subject,” authorities said. The deputies, whose identities have not been released, suffered gunshot wounds and were taken to a hospital, the Sheriff’s Department said in a statement on Facebook. Their conditions were not immediately known. Authorities said the suspect had “not been secured,” and asked residents to stay away from the area.

5. Fox – A sailor on board a U.S. Navy destroyer in the South China Sea has disappeared, officials told Fox News Tuesday. The sailor was reported missing from the USS Stethem approximately 140 miles west of Subic Bay in the Philippines. An official said the missing officer had checked in aboard the ship a short time before the disappearance.

6. AP – The family of a 12-year-old New Jersey girl who killed herself said Tuesday it will sue her school district for not stepping in to address the problem of cyberbullying. An attorney for the family of Mallory Grossman said he will file a notice of intent to sue the Rockaway Township school district for negligence. The notice is a required precursor to the filing of a lawsuit. Mallory took her own life in June after months of bullying by several of her classmates, in person and through social media, her mother, Dianne Grossman, said Tuesday.

7. Inside Edition – An Indiana police officer killed in the line of duty last week saw his son off to school hours before his death, an interaction seen in a touching photo released by his department. Southport Police Department Lt. Aaron Allan walked his son to the bus stop on his first day of kindergarten on the day he was killed, police said. “The child, nor his father, knew this would be the last time they saw each other,” the Fremont Police Department wrote on Facebook along with the photo. Allan, who has two sons, was responding to the scene of a car crash in Southport to aid a driver who crashed through a fence and flipped his car. But the driver, 28-year-old Jason Brown, then allegedly shot Allan multiple times. Allan later died at a local hospital.

As you go throughout this day, keep this word in mind: Psalms 55:17 says, “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.”

Steve Maraboli said, “Give freely to the world these gifts of love and compassion. Do not concern yourself with how much you receive in return, just know in your heart it will be returned.”

God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Thanks so much for listening and may God bless your day!