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After reflecting on 2020, looking at the challenges and suffering may be the first thought that comes to mind. During a time of devastation, it was also a time that put race at the center of society. The Black community, as well as many supporters, took the stage to push for racial equality. During the push for social justice, a select group of leaders among this Black community have been named to Crain’s New York Business’ Notable Black Leaders and Executives for their overall accomplishments and community involvement.
For a year destined to go down in infamy, 2020 was not without glimmers of goodness.
As matters of race took center stage during the summer, we witnessed a remarkable outpouring of support for the Black community, even as the nation looked inward and found itself wanting. In a movement that not even a pandemic could overshadow, Americans flooded streets from coast to coast and, in the tradition of the civil rights greats before them, demanded justice.
Relatives of a New Rochelle man fatally shot by police last year want the transcript and evidence of the grand jury case that cleared the officer released to the public.
A lawyer for Kamal Flowers’ family has asked Westchester District Attorney Mimi Rocah for the grand jury proceedings to be unsealed. Rocah would have to seek a judicial ruling for that, as was done recently in the case of Daniel Prude, who died in Rochester after he was restrained by police.
The New Rochelle police officer who fatally shot Kamal Flowers will not face criminal charges.
A grand jury voted not to indict Officer Alec McKenna, who shot the 24-year-old on June 5 after he ran from police during a traffic stop.
NEW ROCHELLE, NY — A Westchester County Grand Jury will be presented with the case of the officer-involved shooting resulting in the death of Kamal Flowers, 24, of New Rochelle, according to Richard St. Paul, attorney for the Flowers family.
New Rochelle’s development commissioner is being sued for his part in an elevator altercation at Trump Plaza New Rochelle from last year.
Luiz Aragon, who has led development efforts in the city since 2013, is accused of assault, battery and defamation in the lawsuit filed Thursday in state Supreme Court. Included in the lawsuit is the city, along with a security firm and the owner of Trump Plaza New Rochelle, which is located on 175 Huguenot Street.
The plaintiff, Johnathan Mpamugo, was pushed out of an elevator by Aragon following a verbal dispute on Oct. 25 of last year.
NEW ROCHELLE – “Do the right thing!” chanted the crowd outside New Rochelle City Hall today as the family of Kamal Flowers called for a state investigation into the 24-year-old’s shooting death at the hands of the police.
Community members and civic leaders joined the Flowers family at a news conference in which they urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo to appoint Attorney General Letitia James as a special prosecutor to investigate Friday’s fatal shooting.
Police say Flowers fled from a traffic stop late Friday, then pointed a gun and attempted to fire at an officer who then shot and killed Flowers.