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Criminal justice reform takes center stage in Washington

WASHINGTON – Outside of the White House protesters demanded police accountability, inside President Donald Trump said Friday he was committed to criminal justice reform.

Trump pardoned Alice Marie Johnson, who benefited from Kim Kardashian West’s advocacy after spending more than two decades behind bars.

In 2018, Trump commuted Johnson’s life without parole sentence after she was convicted for non-violent offenses stemming from a cocaine trafficking operation.

“We are very proud of Alice,” Trump said.

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Civil rights leaders marched to the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” address on Aug. 28, 1963.

Martin Luther King III and Rev. Al Sharpton delivered speeches in solidarity with Black Lives Matter demonstrators. Relatives of Trayvon Martin, Eric Gardner, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, Ahmaud Arbery and Jacob Blake were in attendance.

“We’re taking a step forward on America’s rocky but righteous journey toward justice,” King said.

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A man stands in the Reflecting Pool as people attend the March on Washington, Friday Aug. 28, 2020, in Washington, on the 57th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Local 10 News Digital Reporter/Producer Andrea Torres reported from Miami.


About the Authors:

Nicole Perez is the the primary co-anchor of Local 10 News at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. She first joined Local 10 in July 2016 as the morning traffic reporter.

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.