From art and media to medical and real estate industries, Westchester County’s Black leaders make a lasting impact in the region.
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.