Thursday, May 28, 2020

Prince George's County News

White Maryland Officer Convicted of Assaulting Black Suspect

By The Associated Press A White Maryland police officer has been convicted of assault and misconduct after being accused of repeatedly punching a Black suspect who was handcuffed and seat-belted in a police vehicle. The state's attorney for Prince George's County...

Women Congressional Leaders Conduct Womens’ Empowerment Forum

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) quickly set the tone for the Oct. 22 forum for women at First Baptist Church of Glenarden. “When you have an easy job, you know who to give it to. When you have a tough job,...

Laurel’s Emmanuel Baptist Church Celebrates 32 Years

By the time the celebration started at 5 p.m., Emmanuel Baptist Church was already packed. The choir, resplendent in blue and gold robes, sang a favorite hymn as the audience clapped. The pastor, the Rev. Byron J. Day, and church...

Prince George’s Delegate Michael Vaughn Steps Down; Politicos Step Up to Take His Place

Michael Vaughn, a District 24 Democrat who served years in the Maryland House of Delegates, recently stepped down and several politically active residents are interested in taking his place. Vaughn submitted his resignation on Jan.11 to Maryland Del. Michael Busch...

Greenbelt Seats First African American Mayor

For the first time in the history of Prince George’s County’s government, Greenbelt, a town that grew out of the post-Depression New Deal era, has a Black mayor. On Nov. 11, former councilman and former mayor pro tem, Emmett...

Community Stands Behind Woman Called Racial Slur

As the AFRO reported last week, Rachel Sherman went viral on Facebook after posting her interaction with an employee at a BP gas station in Largo, Md. Sherman, who is African-American, was called a racial slur by a White employee...

Alston Wants to Serve District 24 as a Senator

By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, [email protected] Tiffany Alston has served as a delegate representing the 24th Legislative District of Maryland and wants to go back to the General Assembly as a senator from the district. "There are a number of good...

Damonte Dodd, Former UMD Basketball Player, Yields Passport Following Rape Allegations

By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected] Damonte Dodd, former University of Maryland (UMD) basketball player, had to surrender his passport but is free on his own recognizance after a bail hearing on July 12, following rape charges for an incident...

Ex-school Aide Pleads Guilty in Child Porn Case

A former elementary school volunteer in Prince George’s County, Md., who is charged with more than a dozen federal counts of sexual exploitation of minors, is expected to enter a guilty plea in the case. Court records show 23-year-old Deonte...

Prince George’s Fatal Traffic Accidents

By Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, [email protected] Three fatal road accidents are under investigation as the spike in traffic fatalities continue throughout Prince George’s County. A motorcyclist succumbed to his injuries, while another man passes after an earlier accident this month...

The Day (and Night) Ben Jealous Won the Democratic Gov. Primary

By J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFRO What follows is an intimate account of Ben Jealous' final day of campaigning before his decisive primary win. Polls are open at Barack Obama Elementary School June 26 at 7 a.m. Ben Jealous’ boosters...

Bowie Resident Sentenced for Role in Foreclosure “Rescue” Scheme

A Bowie man was sentenced to over three years in prison after pleading guilty to mortgage fraud charges. Charles Donaldson, 58, devised a scheme that caused the issuance of over $4.7 million in fraudulent mortgage loans resulting in a $1.2...