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Volume 41, Number 2 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, September 18,2014
Ready to RUN!
Interest session for black female fitness group packs them in
BY CHANEL DAVIS
Ready, Set, Get Fit!
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and getting more exercise," Bradsher
said. "I am really looking for that sup
port group. Someone that will just really
push me and someone who I can depend
on as well. Hopefully, they can keep me
motivated to exercise more."
BGR! Winston-Salem leaders led the
session Sept. 15 on the campus of
Winston-Salem State University. More
than 100 women showed up to hear
about the group's "Walk Before You
Run" program, which slowly guides new
participants into the BGR! fold. Over 12
weeks, new members consult regularly
with a group leader, complete-fitness
related homework sessions and register
for a virtual running program. At the end
See BGR! on A7
Rwrtos by Chanel Davis
Dozens of women learn about Black Girls RUN!
Photos by Kevin Walker
speaks to sup
Little points to
a picture of
Local law enforcers
in wake of
Ferguson, Mo. crisis
BY T. KEVIN WALKER
Hands, baton, pepper spray, laser.
Winston-Salem Police Chief Barry
Rounlree said Tuesday evening that
officers have an array of tools at their
disposal and only use the most lethal
one - the gun - when absolutely neces
Rountree joined the county's other
top law enforcers - Sheriff Bill
Schatzman and District Attorney James
O'Neill - at
City Hall for
the latest of the
three years ago
to build bridges
and public, par- r_
dents of color.
teenager, by a
was whal main
ly drove the
sparsely-attended talk. Residents - who
jotted down their questions on index
cards that were delivered to Human
Relations Commissioner Michael
Clinton to read - asked about the agen
cies' racial diversity, their policies on
racial profiling and about officers' train
ing. Questions about the use of deadly
force, especially when a suspect is
unarmed, were posed in many different
Schatzman said across the spectrum,
the level of force used should be appro
priate for the circumstance.
"There is a continuum of force that
all law enforcement officers are trained
in." he said.
The sheriff rejected notions that offi
cers are blood-hungry and trigger
"I have never met a law enforcement
officer ... who wants to hurt anyone.
They are there to help." he said.
Rountree contended that there are
See Trust on AH
Advocates vow to win justice
for Kalvin Michael Smith
BY T. KEVIN WALKER
For Darryl Hunt, Sept. 11 was a day of infamy
long before 2001.
On thai day in 1984. Hunt, then only 19, was
arrested by Winston-Salem Police in connection to the
murder of Deborah Sykes a month earlier. Three days
later. Hunt was charged, setting off a two decade-long
nightmarish ride through the very worst of the crimi
nal justice system.
With alacrity, a white jury convicted African
American Hunt of killing Sykes, a white woman. He
was saved from death row by just one vote. His sup
porters - who from the start questioned every aspect
of the case, from the equivocal witnesses to the shod
dy police work - helped to win him a new trial. It
ended much like the first one, and Hunt was returned
to prison, where he would remain until December
2003, when DNA collected at the crime scene was
matched to that of another man - Willard Brown.
Last Thursday, 30 years to the day of his arrest,
Hunt thanked a roomful of supporters for never giving
.See Hunt on A2
Hams-Perry links mental health with bias and other inequities
BY CHANEL DAVIS
Melissa Harris-Perry made her first local public address
Sept. 10 since she joined the faculty of Wake Forest University,
her alma mater, earlier this summer. The author, professor and
MSNBC talk show host keynoted a fundraiser for the Mental
Health Association in Forsyth County, telling a crowd in
WFU's Wait Chapel that public policy in this country is inad
equate to address mental health.
See Harris-Perry on A8
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