Church of England flashmob wedding video goes viral

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Youth Minister Lorton, VA June 25, 2013 at 11:29 am Blessings and cheers to Priest Kate! And to the couple. I’ve been a priest for over 40 years (Episcopal). And yes, I know that there are important things to be communicated in a marriage ceremony. But as well, times change, and there’s no reason that a flashdance shouldn’t be part of the celebration! (In my ministry, I was an AIDS chaplain for 8 years … and our funerals developed into terrific celebrations, full of joy and sharing and love.) My husband and I (civilly married) will have our church Blessing in July. Maybe the congregation will break out in a flashdance … in California you never know! Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ The Rev. Kate Bottley conducted the wedding of Gary and Tracy Richardson on June 15 at St. Mary’s and St. Martin’s, in Blyth. A three-minute video shows Bottley declaring them man and wife then breaking into a dance routine to club classic Everybody Dance Now by C&C Music Factory. Now the video is proving a web hit in the style of a “flashmob” – a big impromptu public ­dance that become internet sensation.Richardson said: “We have been ­together for 11 years and engaged for eight and never got round to getting married. As soon as we met Kate, we knew she was exactly the type of vicar we wanted to marry us. She was amazing.“When we were rehearsing for last weekend’s service, she half-heartedly suggested doing a flashmob. We had no hesitation. Now we see how well it worked and how the ­congregation got ­involved, we were obviously right. The look on some people’s faces when Kate started and we joined in was a picture.”Bottley, who combines her part-time role at the church with that of a chaplain, is also an ambassador for the Church of England’s Wedding Project.Commentating on the service, Bottley said: “We had a great time. I do about 30 weddings a year and I’m happy to accommodate what people want at their weddings. Some want to have their dogs outside so they can get them in the photos. As long as it’s within reason I’ll do what they want to make the day memorable. I’m known for having an unconventional approach but I was joking when I said I wanted a flashmob at a wedding. But they went for it.“We were in rehearsals for eight weeks and Tracy and Gary worked really hard on it with their family and friends from Blu Crew who raise funds for Sheffield’s Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospital. We made sure it was done sensitively and waited until they had exchanged their vows before starting. There is a balance to be struck. The Church of England has a reputation of being a bit grumpy, but that’s not what we want. We believe passionately in marriage and its importance but that doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be some room for fun.” Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Tags Featured Events Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit a Press Release Submit a Job Listing Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rev. Brian McHugh says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest [Church of England] A vicar in Worksop, England, has become an internet sensation after a video of her conducting a wedding ceremony has gone viral on YouTube. Press Release Service Comments are closed. Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Featured Jobs & Calls Comments (1) The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Bath, NC Rector Albany, NY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Collierville, TN Anglican Communion Church of England flashmob wedding video goes viral Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Washington, DC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Belleville, IL TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Posted Jun 24, 2013 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Tampa, FL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, MElast_img read more

Bishops consecrated for potential new Anglican Communion province in Chile

first_img Rector Tampa, FL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Bishops consecrated for potential new Anglican Communion province in Chile This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit an Event Listing Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Featured Events Rector Smithfield, NC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Anglican Communion, Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Bath, NC Submit a Job Listing Rector Albany, NY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Washington, DC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Youth Minister Lorton, VA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit a Press Releasecenter_img Rector Hopkinsville, KY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Martinsville, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Press Release Service AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab [Anglican Communion News Service] Major steps were taken in the journey toward the creation of the 40th province of the Anglican Communion, when two new bishops were created for the Diocese of Chile. The diocese is currently part of the province of the Anglican Church of South America, but is set to become its own autonomous Anglican Communion province later this year. The move has been ratified by both the diocesan Synod and the Provincial College of Bishops. Next month an international delegation led by the chair of the Anglican Consultative Council will visit Chile to decide whether it is ready to become a separate province.Read the full article here. Rector Pittsburgh, PA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Belleville, IL Posted Jul 16, 2018 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Latin America Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Tags The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA Featured Jobs & Calls Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AKlast_img read more

New Fundraising Director at The St. Mark’s Hospital Foundation

first_img Tagged with: Management Recruitment / people Howard Lake | 6 July 2006 | News Stephen Roose-Jones has been appointed Director of Fundraising at The St. Mark’s Hospital Foundation based in Harrow.Stephen joins the hospital from Bowel Cancer UK where he was head of fundraising.Established in 1837, St Mark’s Hospital is dedicated to helping patients with colorectal and anal problems. It houses The Bobby Moore Foundation and a Colorectal Cancer Unit, plus the only Intestinal Failure Unit in the south of England. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis New Fundraising Director at The St. Mark’s Hospital Foundation About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  21 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Data Collective launches to offer free support for social sector

first_img Advertisement Melanie May | 25 November 2020 | News Tagged with: consultancy data FREE The Data Collective has launched to provide free training, consultancy, peer support, and community for those using data in the social sector. The project is being piloted by a consortium of partners led by DataKind UK and is funded by Catalyst, as part of the Catalyst and The National Lottery Community Fund COVID-19 Digital Response fund. It aims to help charities and other civil society organisations access, share and analyse data more effectively.The partners are:Giselle Cory at DataKind UKTom Rintoul at Social FinanceTom French, a social sector data specialist and member of Sheffield Data for GoodBethia McNeil at the Centre for Youth ImpactEdward Saperia of Newspeak HouseMor Rubinstein, community development consultantOver the next four months, the Data Collective will offer a space for organisations to come together, share good practice, and learn how they can share their, or others’, data. It will provide direct support through workshops and 1–2–1 support to help organisations collect, use, and share data in a way that maximises impact across the sector. During this time it will also be working on the sustainability and long-term future of the project.It is now asking people to get in touch if they are interested in being part of the Data Collective community, whether this is to showcase their own data initiatives and share best practice, or they are looking for technical support and consultancy, or if they are just curious about what support might be available to help them share or use data. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Main image: Photo by fauxels from Pexels Data Collective launches to offer free support for social sector  243 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Pressure mounts on ‘The Cope’ and Dr McDaid to forego ministerial pensions

first_img Google+ Pressure mounts on ‘The Cope’ and Dr McDaid to forego ministerial pensions Facebook The opposition’s set to keep the pressure on the Taoiseach this morning, with five politicians still holding out on their ministerial pensions.They want Brian Cowen to follow the example of the Fine Gael leader and announce that all of those still embroiled in the double payment controversy will cave in to pressure.Fionnan Sheahan of the Irish Independent says it’s a complex position for the Taoiseach:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/09shea1.mp3[/podcast]Two of the remaining five pension recipients are not in the Dail, and Donegal North East TD Dr James Mc Daid is currently not in the Fianna Fail parliamentary party.North West MEP Pat The Cope Gallagher says he’s still considering what he’ll do. He says his salary dropped from 126,000 euro to 91,000 euro when he rejoined the European Parliament.Local Councillor Mick Quinn, says it’s only moral that the two give up their ministerial pensions.[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/quinn1.mp3[/podcast] Facebook Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleJustice minister pulls out of GRA conference over content of O’Boyce speechNext articleFinn Valley College to get a new school building News Highland News Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Twittercenter_img Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme WhatsApp Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also WhatsApp LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Google+ By News Highland – April 28, 2010 Twitter 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Pinterestlast_img read more

Plea in Delhi High Court Seeks Action Against Politicians Hoarding And Illegally Distributing Covid 19 Medicines, Prays Detention Under NSA

first_imgNews UpdatesPlea in Delhi High Court Seeks Action Against Politicians Hoarding And Illegally Distributing Covid 19 Medicines, Prays Detention Under NSA Nupur Thapliyal29 April 2021 5:16 AMShare This – xA public interest litigation has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking registration of FIRs against leaders of political parties indulging in hoarding and illegally distributing covid 19 medicines denying the access to the said medicines to the public at large.The petition moved by Dr. Deepak Singh, Chairman of Hruduya Foundation and filed by Advocate Gaurav Pathak also seeks CBI investigation into the “nexus of politicians and medical mafia” and further prays for detention of such persons indulging in black-marketing of Covid-19 medicines as per National Security Act, 1980.Advertisement “Political parties, most of which are invariably headquartered in Delhi are taking advantage of their political powers and are giving patronage to medical mafia. This complementary relationship is at the cost of lives of thousands of citizens of India, who are dying due to unavailability of critical medicines.” The petition states.The incidents of politicians hoarding covid medicines as highlighted in the petition are as follows:Advertisement – Member of Parliament Gautam Gambhir, Bhartiya Janata Party announcement for free of cost distribution of Fabiflu from his office.- BJP Gujarat Unit Chief announcement on the free distribution of 5,000 doses of the Remdesivir.- BJP MLA from north Maharashtra Shirish Chaudhari, illegally distributing Remdesivir vials without having any requisite licence.-Sharad Pawar and Rohit Pawar of NCP reportedly distributing more than 300 vials of Remdesivir.Advertisement Advertisement “That arrests are being made across States in relation to hoarding and black marketing of Remdesivir. It is most humbly submitted that these instances are not isolated in nature but point out to a huge large scale mafia operation, which has a political nexus. It is unpardonable that a single vial of Remdesivir which ordinarily costs around Rs. 1000/-, is now being sold in the black marked in upwards of Rs. 70,000/-“. The petition states.Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement The petition states the following prayers:- Direct registration of FIR and investigation into the medical mafia-politicians nexus by the Central Bureau of Investigation.- Direct detention of persons indulging in black-marketing of Covid-19 medicines as per National Security Act, 1980.- Direct for disqualification of MPs and MLAs found to be hoarding and illegally distributing Covid-19 medicines.- Issue any other writ, order or direction, which may be deemed fit and proper in the facts and circumstances of the case and in the interest of justice.Tags#Delhi High Court COVID -19 second covid wave Political Parties hoarding of covid drugs National Security Act Detention under nsa Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Mixed views over anti-racism rally in Derry

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Mixed views over anti-racism rally in Derry Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook By News Highland – June 8, 2020 Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleInvestigation continuing into vandalism at local orange hallNext articleElite Cricketers return to Bready for training News Highland Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp Google+center_img Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp There are mixed views over an anti-racism rally in Derry at the weekend. The protest was held on Saturday and in response to the death of African-American George Floyd in US police custody.It’s understood that police issued a significant number of fines given the dangers of crowds in the pandemic.Speaking on today’s Nine Till Noon Show Cllr David Ramsey believes that the rally effectively put the lives of the people of Derry at risk:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/daviddfgdfgdfgBLM1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Defending the protest, Cllr Shaun Harkin says organisers made sure social distancing was adhered to:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/ShadfgdfgdfgdunBLM1pm-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Meanwhile, a peaceful walk in support of Black Lives Matter is taking place in Donegal later this week.The walk is getting underway on Thursday at 7pm at the Back Strand beach in Falcarragh.Participants are being asked to wear face coverings and are also being encouraged to practice social distancing. Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA last_img read more

Number of confirmed cases in Donegal rises to 320

first_imgThe number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Donegal has risen again.There are now 320 confirmed cases in the county, a rise of 24 on the previous figure of 296.Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of NPHET Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said; “Our model today is showing four reproductive numbers, illustrating the different stages of the disease in Ireland over the past 6 weeks.“We now estimate our R0 to be between 0.7 and 1.0, which means current restrictions are successfully suppressing the disease.”Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The data clearly shows that there are two very different experiences of COVID-19 in Ireland today. In the population at large, the virus is contained and effectively suppressed. By News Highland – April 16, 2020 Pinterest Facebook Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Facebook Number of confirmed cases in Donegal rises to 320center_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Previous articleCovid-19 claims the lives of 43 more peopleNext articlePeople urged to be responsible with household waste during crisis News Highland Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennanlast_img read more

Community thanks 4-H for impact on students

first_img Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Email the author Published 10:20 pm Monday, October 7, 2019 “Also, there were enrichment programs for ninth-graders at Charles Henderson High School and Community Clubs for students ages nine-18. Twenty-three students attended 4-H Summer Camp.”Students from all clubs had opportunities to participate in Pig Pen, Pig Sequel, Cackle Club, Chick Chain and Rabbit projects.“In addition to these clubs, there was a high school club at Pike Liberal Arts School, a special needs club at Charles Henderson High School and enrichment programs for the Agriculture Academy at Goshen High School have been planned,” Dodson said. You Might Like Participation in 4-H is at an all-time high and is active in 50 percent of Alabama schools. Last year, the program delivered in-school, after-school and enrichment programming in 729 schools to 134,845 youth. An additional 44,039 young people participated in out-of-school 4-H clubs, camps and educational programs.  Total 4-H club membership up 11 percent to 51,217. Total 4-H clubs up 43 percent to 3,111. Overnight camping is up 4 percent to 3,810. Membership in community clubs up 27 percent. Members in military and after-school clubs up 3,243 from 2,870 and enrollment in grades 7-12 up 26 percent to 52,735.“In addition, Alabama 4-H is supporting workforce needs now and in the future,” Gregg said. “Alabama 4-H provides fun opportunities and rewarding experiences that have young people returning year-after-year. It seeks to empower them with the skills to lead their communities and also grow into future leaders.”For more information about Pike County 4-H Clubs call 334-566-0985. Pioneer Days set for Oct. 11-12 The Pioneer Museum of Alabama will come alive next weekend as guests will be transported back in time to life… read more Book Nook to reopen Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration In communities across Alabama, signs are popping up in yards, store fronts and boulevards that say “Thank You, 4-H!”  It’s part of a statewide effort to recognize the lasting impact 4-H has on young people.Selina Dodson, 4-H Foundation Regional Extension Agent, said 4-H is the largest youth organization in Alabama with more than 178,000 young people participating in the program last year.“Pike County has a long history of 4-H programming. Last year, Pike County 4-H delivered in-school and enrichment programming to all students in grades four through six in Pike County,” Dodson said. There were 4-H Clubs in the seventh- and eighth-grades at Charles Henderson Middle School and Pike Liberal Arts School. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day The benefits of 4-H are far reaching. The program is available to young people in every county in the state.“It has been found that young people in 4-H are four times more likely to give back to their communities, two times more likely to make healthier choices and two times more likely to participate in STEM activities,” said Molly Gregg, Alabama Cooperative Extension System assistant director for 4-H.“Also, 4-H prepares young people for life as citizens and leaders in their communities. This week, communities are saying thank you to a program that creates so many positive opportunities for young people, she said.“The growth of Alabama 4-H reflects its commitment to empowering young people. The 4-H program offers hands-on experiential learning in animal science, art, healthy living, leadership and citizenship, outdoor education and also science and technology.” Latest Stories Sponsored Content The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Community thanks 4-H for impact on students By The Penny Hoarder By Jaine Treadwell Print Article Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBest 13 Fortnite Skins That You NeedTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Chicago’s top cop slams prosecutor’s office again over Jussie Smollett case

first_imgNuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — The municipal war of words in Chicago over the dismissal of felony charges against actor Jussie Smollett for faking a racially charged attack on himself heated up again on Saturday morning when the city’s top police official took aim again at the Cook County State Attorney’s Office.In a statement, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson reiterated that lead prosecutors on the Smollett case were present during interrogations in the case and “stood firmly behind this investigation and the evidence — approved the charges not only at the point of felony approval, but again when they made their independent decision to take the evidence to an independent criminal grand jury to secure an additional 16 felony counts.”“As the State’s Attorney said clearly, Mr. Smollett was not exonerated,” Johnson concluded. “I stand behind the professionalism of the detectives who worked on this case as well as the conclusions of the independent grand jury.”Johnson and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel both have repeatedly blasted the decision to drop the charges as politically — not prosecutorially — motivated.Spokespersons for Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx’s office did not immediately respond to a call for comment from ABC News.Saturday morning’s police statement followed an opinion column written by Foxx and published in the Chicago Tribune on Friday.In the column, Foxx contended for the first time publicly that the case against Smollett was not necessarily as strong as it had been portrayed — though prosecutors in her office cited a wealth of evidence at the actor’s bond hearing last month, including surveillance footage, witness interviews, and phone and bank records.“For a variety of reasons, including public statements made about the evidence in this case, my office believed the likelihood of securing a conviction was not certain,” Foxx wrote without elaborating.Yet on Wednesday, Foxx said the opposite — that she believed her prosecutors could have proved Smollett guilty in court.She contended in Friday’s column that the charges were dropped for three reasons: Prosecutors weren’t sure they could win a conviction at trial; the crimes Smollett were charged with are low-level felonies, similar to pulling a fire alarm at school or burning a draft card; and because — she said — her office is chiefly focused on violent crime.Foxx has been under extraordinary scrutiny in the past week for her office’s decision to drop the charges.On Friday, city attorneys issued the actor a bill for $130,000 for the cost of police overtime associated with the investigation.If Smollett fails to pay, according to the letter, the city “may prosecute you for making a false statement to the city.”“The City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department take seriously those who make false statements to the police, thereby diverting resources from other investigations and undermining the criminal justice system,” according to the letter, which was sent by the office of the city’s corporation counsel, Ed Siskel.Meanwhile, Smollett did not make an appearance on Friday night at a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards ceremony in which he was nominated for — but ultimately did not win — an award for his role on the hit TV show Empire.21st Century Fox — which produces Empire — is now a part of Disney, ABC News’ parent company.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more