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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Bernard Monroe, Al Sharpton, and Homer, Louisiana - Is Homer The Next Jena 6 ?

As most of you know, a 73-year-old black man was shot by police in Homer, La. He has now been buried.

Pictured above is Shaun Monroe who holds a program from the funeral of his father Bernard Monroe Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at his fathers house in Homer, La. For 73 years before his killing by a white police officer, Bernard Monroe's life in this little town was as quiet as they come. Rendered mute after losing his larynx to cancer, the black man's death is making far more noise than he ever did, and raising racial tensions between the black community and the police department. (AP Photo/ Judi Bottoni)

AAPP says: Listen to my exclusive interview and discussion with highly respected journalist Howard Witt, South West Bureau Chief of the Chicago Tribune. Howard Wit, broke the story of Jena 6 and the death of Bernard Monroe. Check out, African American Political Pundit's - Political Slugfest on Blog Talk Radio.com

Enter Rev. Al Sharpton who as reported by KSLA TV is putting a national spotlight on a deadly, police-involved shooting in Homer, Louisiana.

He arrived Friday to lead a march in protest to the shooting death of an elderly black resident, by a white officer.

Saturday, he delivered a piercing call for justice which resonated from the walls a local baptist church.

"I read in The Chicago Tribune that the police chief said when he sees four young blacks, they approach them and try to scare them off," Rev. Sharpton said like a commander before battle.

"If a black officer said that about whites in Homer, they would run him off the police force."

Reverend Al Sharpton rallied his troops inside The New Hope Missionary Baptist Church.

Guided by music, Reverend Sharpton joined the growing chorus of critics demanding justice after the fatal police shooting of 73 year old Bernard Monroe at the hands of a white police officer. "That could have been my father, that could have been your father."

In the front row sits Monroe's family."The police chief, the mayor, it just seems like nothing has been done," said Monroe's sister in law.

Investigators have yet to rule whether Monroe was armed at the time or not. More HERE

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