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VOL. XVIII, NO. 36
L.A. cops acquitted in King beating
? After seven days of deliberations, the jury, which included no blacks, found white officers innocent
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) ? Four while Los
Angeles police officers were acquitted Wednesday ol
assault charges in the videotaped beating of black
motorist Rodney King, a case that shocked the nation
and toppled the city's police chief.
? The jury was deadlocked on one other assaul)
charge against one of the officers, and a mistrial wa s
declared on that count.
The verdicts, in the seventh day of deliberations,
came after a year of political uproar sparked by the
graphic videotape of a black man being beaten by white
officers, denounced in many quarters as brutality.
?The officers faced four to 7 1/2 years in prison if=
convicted on all charges.
The trial lasted nearly three months in a case that
strained race relations in Los Angeles and forced the
resignation announcement of Police Chief Daryl Gates.
The jury deadlocked on a charge against Officer
Laurence Powell of using excessive force.
? Powell, 29 and the others ? SgL Stacey Koon, 41,
and officers Timothy Wind, 32, Theodore Briseno, 39
? were acquitted of all others. They were charged with
assault~with a deadly weapon and excessive force by an
officer under color of authority. Koon and Powell also
were charged with filing a false police report, and Koon
with being an accessory after the fact
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A Consultant on trial
says he solicited money
for charities but can't say
In the on-going political corruption
trial of three black letters, political consul
tant Rodney Sumler took the witness stand
Tuesday in his own defense ? but his testi
mony did not seem to further the case for
his innocence, since he seemed unclear and
confused about incidents surrounding the
' where the money went
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charges U.S. govern
ment of conspiring
against black leaders
By SAMANTHA McKENZIE
Chronide Staff Writer
The message the Honorable Minister
Uwi* Farrakhan brought to Winston-Salem
was told and clear. The American govern
ment has to destroy black leadership
on a nationwide scale.
"Here is a government that lies to the
American people. A government who
spends millions of dollars on war and lies to
promote war for the benefit of the wealthy
and to the detriment of the poor," Farrakhan
said to a crowd of more than 3,000 people
^ who packed the lower level auditorium at
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Candidates make final push before May 5
? 12th Congressional District candidates bump
heads on issues one week before primary
By SAMANTHA McKENZIE
Chronicle Staff Writer
With less than a week away from
the May 5 primary, five candidates for
the 12th Congressional District got their
last chance to debate health care, unem
ployment and welfare reform; but it was
the question on Bush's stand on with
holding loan guarantees that sent the
candidates to opposite ends of the issues.
The forum was held at the R. J.
Reynolds Center on Winston Salem
State University's campus and was spon
sored by the Model United Nations and
the Positive Student Awareness Associa
tion ? two campus-based groups geared
to educating students on international
and national issues.
Questions directed to the candidates
were generated by students, the audience
and invited panelist, D. Smith, president
and CEO of the Urban League.
Candidates bumped heads when the
question of withholding loan guarantees
from Israel arose. Greensboro Council
man Earl F. Jones called President Bush
a racist and said the U.S. should contin
ue giving Israel the guarantees.
"(Bush) is the most racist president
we've had. We must be leery when
George Bush says he wants to withhold
loan guarantees from them. There is a
reason for that," Jones stated.
Mel v in L. Watt and State Rep. H.
M. "Mickey" Michaux also agreed that
the U.S. should not withhold the guaran
tees, stating that Israel has been consis
tent in repaying its debts.
"I don't support withholding loan
guarantees from the State of Israel. They
have been our best creditors/ said
But Larry D. Little and George C.
Jones, the only Republican represented,
said that they sided with Bush on the
issue. Little said the U.S. must offer fair
and balanced treatment to Israel and the
Arab countries. He also criticized Amer
ica's foreign policy, calling it "misguid
"It has to be balanced. We can't have
a policy that's tipped and lop-sided to
one oFthemr^Fhe Palestinians have a
legitimate right to a homeland," said Lit
On the issue of high unemployment
for African-American youth. Little sug
gested that the state give incentives for
businesses to relocate. Little said during
the Reagan era, many companies took
their business out of the country. Watt
agreed with Little that employers should
be given an incentive to relocate into the
Candidates commended the audi
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MHA focuses on 'Building Community'
a hocus ot Mental Health Month series will be
on male/female relationships and self-esteem
By YVETTE N. FREEMAN
Community Newt Editor
The Mental Health Association in
Forsyth County, Inc. plans to sponsor a
Mental Health Month Series during the
month of May.
The series will focus on maleness,
femaleness and relationships. The theme
is "Building Community."
According to Brenda Pezzana, asso
ciate director of the Mental Health Asso
ciation, "We will focus more on mental
I wellness and not so much on mental ill
ness." She said that will include explor
ing healthy relationships, self-esteem.
doing things that make you feel good
about yourself* and things that can give
you piece of mind.
. Throughout the month, a variety of
speakers will address different topics
relating to mental health in sessions
geared towards men only and also ses
sions for women only. All sessions will
be held at the Sawtooth Center for Visu
al Art, 226 N. Marshal) St., from 7:30-9
On May 5, two sessions will bp
held simultaneously at the Sawtooth
Center. The session for men only, is
entitled, The Man of the 90s," and will
be led by Dr. Richard Cook, a psycholo
gist from the New Directions Treatment
Center. Dr. Deborea* Winfrey, assistant
professor of psychology at Winston
Salem State University, will lead the
women's session entitled, "The Woman
of the 90s."
Two sessions will also be held on
May 12. Dr. Stephen Boyd, associate
professor of religion at Wake Forest Uni
versity, will discuss "Men Relating to
Each Other," in the men's session. Dr.
Deborah Best, professor of psychology
at Wake Forest University, will discuss
The Fantasy of the Superwoman."
Then on May 19, "Putting it Togeth
er: Women and Men Understanding and
Relating to Each Other" will be present
ed for both men and women. Kim
Hutchinson, RN, MSN, and assistant
professor of nursing at Winston-Salem
State University will lead the discussion
which will be in the form of a panel dis
cussion or talk show. Presenters from the
first two weeks will respond to ques
To close out the series, the final ses
sion will focus on The Significance of
Building Community in a Complex/High
Tech World." Becky and Dr. Ted
Dougherty will lead the discussion. Dr.
Dougherty is the director of the Pastoral
Counseling Center of NC Baptist Hospi
tal. Mrs. Dougherty is a former TV jour
All sessions will be free and open jo
the public, however reservations are
required. For more information and/or
reservations, call the Mental Health
Association in Forsyth County at 723
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