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Bestselling author of A Private Affair, which became a made-for-TV movie, Hill will delight her hordes of fans with her newest work, the long-awaited sequel to her 1995 hit, Scandalous. Centered on the timely topic of racial profiling and police brutality against young black men, which has received the intense scrutiny of an outraged public and concerned lawmakers across the country, Hill's sexy and engaging new work features the high-profile Montgomery clan: Justin, a leading civil rights attorney who heads up his own D.C. firm; his wife, Vaughn, a respected U.S. congresswoman; his daughter, Samantha, a beautiful, brainy lawyer-trained civil rights activist; and Vaughn's equally beautiful and brainy daughter, Simone, a local politician. The stepsisters, a year apart in age, are closer than most blood sisters and very similar in spirit, Hill observes, except that Samantha doesn't quite have the carefree confidence with men Simone enjoys. Returning stateside after an extended absence, handsome attorney and family friend Chad Rushmore resumes his position at Justin's firm and asks the sisters' help in preparing a case that could redefine civil rights for the 21st century. Hill skillfully fleshes out the makings of a civil rights lawsuit against the pulsating backdrop of Simone and Chad's secret of one hot night together four years ago, Chad's growing passion for Samantha and his efforts to protect her against several death threats. With a speaking tour and well-targeted national advertising (Black Issues Book Review, Essence), the mediagenic Hill is bound to broaden her audience with this latest sizzler. (Dec.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Associated PressIn a massive march staged to protest the alleged shooting death of African American Roderick Fields by four white police officers, more than 200 angry residents filled the streets last night in front of Washington, D.C.'s police headquarters at 300 Independence Avenue N.W. The protest was led by civil rights activist Samantha Montgomery, daughter of noted legal defense attorney Justin Montgomery and Congresswoman Vaughn Hamilton-Montgomery (D-Va.), working in unison with several local organizations and unions. Montgomery, who has been extremely vocal concerning police abuses, later said in a statement: "The police in this city have declared open warfare on the African American. This is the sixth gangland-style shooting death by police against 'alleged' suspects of the African American persuasion in eight months," Montgomery vehemently stated under the white heat of camera lights and photographers' flashbulbs. "It is painfully obvious that DWB, or driving while black, is a crime punishable by death in this cityand it will stop."
Roderick Fields, an eighteen-year-oldAfrican American, was gunned down in a hail of bullets during an alleged routine stop and search on Eighteenth Street N.W. around midnight on Monday. His two male companions were also hurt. One youth is listed in grave condition with a gunshot to the head, while the other is described as seriously critical with a bullet lodged in his spine.
In a hurriedly announced late-night press conference, a police spokesman identified the four officers involved in the alleged shooting as Detectives Alan Montana, Josh Hamlick, Lawrence Sta-vinsky and Vincent Dorsey. None of the officers have made statements to the media, but according to their lawyers, they were acting in self-defense.
Montgomery's stepsister, City Councilwoman Simone Montgomery, has been equally assertive in her cry for sweeping police reform and a federal probe into recent abuses during her ongoing campaign for the Assembly seat in her district. The councilwoman was unavailable for comment on this latest incident, according to her spokesman, Adam Parsons.
Although tensions were high, there were no injuries or arrests during last night's protest. A date for a hearing for the officers has not been set but a preliminary meeting with law enforcement officials to discuss procedures used in the fatal incident is slated for this week, according to a police statement. The mayor's office has not issued any comment on the march.