Community Seeks Justice For Michael Lembhard, The Latest
African-American Youth To Die By The Hands Of Newburgh Police
Lillie Howard, community activist whose grandson was killed by
Juanita King, cousin of Michael Lembhard, killed by Newburgh police
Anger still rages in the latest police killing March 7, in the city of Newburgh,
NY of Michael Lembhard. Governor Cuomo has turned down Newburgh’s
request for a special prosecutor in the case of the fatal shooting. Newburg’s
Mayor, Judy Kennedy meanwhile told a community forum that she and the
City Council will await an Orange County grand jury's verdict before
deciding whether to consider any disciplinary action of their own in the
police shooting death of Lembhard. Meanwhile, the officers involved remain
on administrative leave. The community has been relentless in its pursuit of
justice for Lembhard, vowing never to let it happen again – too many young
people are being lost and Lembhard’s death is the latest in what they claim
is due to police discrimination and brutality towards the African American
community. The community hopes that Lembhard’s death will lead to a
federal probe of the Newburgh police department.
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