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Rally for Answers in Police Custody Death
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK-- An estimated 100 protesters marched from Oklahoma City Police Department to City Hall demanding justice for Robin Howard. Howard died in police custody in June.
"We will not stop until we get it," said Kimberly Turner, Robin Howard's sister.
A Medical Examiner's report shows Howard died of pneumonia after suffering blunt force trauma to the chest during a confrontation with Oklahoma City Police. The chest trauma resulted in a ruptured lung. Howard's family was not notified of his death until several days later.
"It makes me feel, so disgusted with my police force," said Michael Washington, a protester.
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Although the Howard Family has received a Medical Examiner's report, members of the family say they still have not received a full explanation on what happened in his confrontation with Oklahoma City Police officers.
"This has been a giant cover up," said Donald Williams, a friend of the Howard Family who marched in the protest.
The ACLU and NAACP joined other protesters on the steps of City Hall demanding justice and a full explanation for the Howard Family. Some demonstrators from the NAACP drove all the way from Ardmore.
The Reverend Jesse Jackson also rallied the crowd during the demonstration Tuesday afternoon.
City officials and Oklahoma City Police also watched the demonstration from a distance as speakers gave their testimony in the nine month long fight for answers behind Robin Howard's death.
"We're still open to answering the questions of the family," said Captain Dexter Nelson, a spokesman for Oklahoma City Police.
Capt. Nelson says police have maintained communication with the Howard Family through the death investigation.
"They were given access to investigators that investigated the case, they were allowed to read the reports," said Capt. Nelson.
Although the Howard Family received some access to the case, family members and friends of Robin Howard still suspect some cover-up in what occurred during Howard's run in with the law.
"We want the truth, we seek the truth," said Williams, "that's all we want."
Posted: Wednesday, March 20 2013, 07:23 AM CDT
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Teen in devastated Okla. town handing out hugs
May 25, 2013 02:26 GMT
MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- The people of the Oklahoma town where a deadly tornado struck could use just about everything -- cleaning supplies, food, water, shelter.
Thirteen-year-old Halle Carr thought residents of her hometown could also use a hug after the twister Monday that killed 24 people in Moore.
Halle has been standing on a corner with a white sign that reads: "Need a hug? I am here!" And people are taking her up on the offer.
On Friday, people in work trucks, cars and vans loaded with belongings rolled down their windows and reached out their arms to the girl. Some shouted words of encouragement.
Halle said it makes her feel good to spread a little cheer. She said she'll come out every day, as long as she thinks she's needed.
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