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Stephen F. Somerstein/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. said in a sermon: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

The civil rights movement came to a crossroads during the Selma-to-Montgomery march of 1965. Photographer Steve Schapiro captured the moment in an image of King linking arms with fellow civil rights activists John Lewis, the Rev. Jesse Douglas, James Forman and Ralph Abernathy. The image captures the leadership, the unity, and the strength of the civil rights leaders, who faced violence from law enforcement as well as death threats during their fight for voting rights for African Americans.

Schapiro covered two of the Selma-to-Montgomery marches for Life magazine, and while he said he knew the events were important, he had no idea the impact the images would eventually have.

“Only 300 people were allowed to participate in the third march, and there was a sense that violence might occur,” he told ABC News recently ahead of MLK Day.

King and the Southern Christian Leadership Council organized the march to bring attention to discrimination against black voters. There were three attempts to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. This first took place on March 7, a day that would later be called “Bloody Sunday.” Alabama State Troopers charged into the crowd with batons, injuring scores of protesters.

During the second march, protesters crossed the bridge, but when they reached the end of it, the troopers were stationed there. King knelt and prayed and decided to turn back.

The third march, documented in Schapiro’s photo, took place on March 21. Although the image was not published in 1965, it has come to represent the march that marked a turning point in the movement. Following “Bloody Sunday,” President Lyndon B. Johnson called for legislation protecting the voting rights of African Americans. The Voting Rights Act was signed into law that August.

Schapiro recalled shooting 12 to 14 rolls of film that day, and would send it through baggage on American Airlines back to the Life magazine office each night, hoping that his pictures would run in the following week’s issue.

In the picture of King linking arms with other civil rights leaders, "the first thing you think of is you’ve got to walk backwards very quickly to be able to keep making these photographs,” Schapiro said. “And you’re looking for that moment when everyone has a particular look that has a sense of meaning. You’re looking for something where the design of the photo has that quality."

Schapiro said he believes that his image of the five men marching together symbolizes the positive aspects of the civil rights movement while Charles Moore’s photos of African-American protesters being sprayed with fire hoses and attacked by dogs symbolize the negative.

Growing up, Schapiro aspired to be a Life magazine photographer, so he said he gave himself assignments. Starting his career as a freelance photographer in 1961, he covered everything from an Arkansas migrant worker camp to a story on narcotics in East Harlem, New York.

Life first hired him in 1962, and in addition to covering the Selma-to-Montgomery march and other events for the publication, he worked on a project based on James Baldwin’s 1963 book, The Fire Next Time, which discusses the challenges facing African Americans in the 1960s. His photographs documenting James Baldwin will be published in March.

Though he has photographed celebrities from David Bowie to Barbara Streisand to Jackie Kennedy, he said, “My heart has always been in documentary photography."

The first time Schapiro photographed King was after the bombing of the church in Birmingham, Alabama that killed four young girls in 1963.

“I always saw Martin Luther King Jr. as this incredible spiritual leader, who spoke in a way that inspired people in emotional tones,” Schapiro said. “What you don't realize is that people are human at the same time. You can be a leader and still have your own particular worries.”

King had received many death threats, and Schapiro said that Andrew Young, the executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, was well aware of the possibility of violence at the march.

“On the last day of the Selma march, Andrew Young only let people wearing black suits in the front line because he thought someone might shoot King and they wouldn’t know which one was King,” Schapiro said. “I think King was aware of all of this. What I had not seen before was that looking at a great number of my pictures, there was something in his eyes. I don’t know what the right word is -- forbearance, perhaps. Looking at the crowd and searching for who is there, not to smile at them or wave at them, but with a degree of concern and knowing that the prospects of danger were there at all times. And he had experienced this for years.”

Some of King’s stoicism and vigilance comes across in another iconic image that Schapiro took.

In the image, which was also taken at the Selma-to-Montgomery march, King gazes at the camera with a flag behind him. As Schapiro was taking it, he said he knew that the photo had a symbolic structure and that it captured the spirit of the civil rights leader.

However, the fact that 50 years later, Schapiro would see his image on the t-shirts of participants in the 50th anniversary Selma-to-Montgomery march still amazes him, he said.

“You would constantly be moving and seeing so many things that you never could pin down something as being historical or anything like that,” he said. “You took a lot of pictures and you really were trying to get a sense of the people, a sense of the event, a sense of the subject and if you did that, you felt successful.”

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — The parents of Anissa Weier, one of two 12-year-old girls who allegedly stabbed another girl 19 times in an effort to impress fictional internet character “Slender Man,” said Monday they were as shocked by the 2014 attack as everyone else.

"It was really kind of surreal from the time I got the phone call," Bill Weier, Anissa's father, told Good Morning America Monday of his reaction to news of his daughter's alleged connection to the incident in the woods of a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, suburb. "I think surreal is the best way to describe it."

Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, both now 15, have been charged with the attempted murder of Payton Leutner, who was purportedly their friend at the time of the attack, and will be tried as adults this summer in a Wisconsin court.

They remain in jail after a judge last year denied their motions for bail reductions. They have pleaded not guilty to the charges on grounds of mental illness.

The injured Payton Leutner purportedly crawled to a road where a cyclist found her and alerted authorities. She was rushed to a hospital, and survived.

The interview with Anissa’s parents comes in advance of a forthcoming HBO documentary, Beware the Slenderman, which will air for the first time next Monday.

"This isn't a ‘whodunit,’” Irene Taylor Brodsky, the director of the documentary, told GMA of the film. “We know they did it. It's really a ‘howdunit.' It's a ‘whydunit.’”

The Weiers' described their daughter as being remorseful and don’t believe she should be tried as an adult because they say the laws are not sufficiently up-to-date with the science of juvenile brain development.

Children as young as 10 can be tried as adults in Wisconsin.

Kristi Weier, Anissa's mother, told GMA that when HBO approached her, she agreed to participate in an effort to help other parents who might be caught off guard by what their children are consuming online.

"If we were not able to help our daughter,” she said, “we might be able to help someone else.”


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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Coretta Scott King revealed for the first time intimate stories of her life with the legendary civil rights activist Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a new posthumous memoir.

“I believe Martin was chosen, I believe I was chosen, and I say to the kids, this family was chosen as well,” Coretta Scott King says in her memoir that was penned by journalist Barbara Reynolds based on hours of previously unheard interviews.

Bernice King, the youngest daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, referred to her mother as "the architect of this King legacy" in an interview with Good Morning America's Robin Roberts that aired Monday.

"What we know of my father," Bernice King said, "really came from her resilience, her determination, her faith, her courage."

“She used to say that this family is called,” Bernice King added. “We grew up hearing that a lot.”

Bernice King said that she still feels called, in the same way her mother was, to fight "for human rights and dignity."

In her memoir, Scott King details how she dedicated her life not only to her husband and their four children, but also to their shared Christian beliefs and racial justice goals. She remained by her husband's side throughout his almost 13 years as the leader of the modern American Civil Rights Movement, up until his assassination in 1968.

“I don’t know what it was about her, but in those crises moments, in those very difficult, challenging times she rose to an occasion,” Bernice King recalled of her mother. “And she could carry you. She could carry many people.”

Coretta Scott King would ultimately go on to preserve her husband's memory through the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Ga., as well as lobby for 15 years to help establish the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a federal holiday.

Bernice King told GMA that despite everything, her mother still felt like the vast contributions she made to the civil rights movement were overlooked.

Bernice King added that she hopes those who read the memoir will learn that "Martin didn't make Coretta Scott King. When they met she was prepared."

"I honestly believe in a different kind of way she did greater things. Probably because she lived longer," Bernice King said, "But also because she had the insight to see who he really was, and articulate it in a way that an entire world could embrace regardless of, of your background.”

Coretta Scott King's memoir, My Life, My Love, My Legacy will be released in bookstores nationwide and online on Jan. 17.


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ABC News(NEW YORK) — President-elect Donald Trump is expected to meet Monday with Martin Luther King Jr.'s son to discuss the civil rights leader's legacy.

Trump's incoming press secretary, Sean Spicer, announced on Twitter that the president-elect is meeting with Martin Luther King III Monday, the federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr..

 

Today we observe the birthday of #MartinLutherKing - @realDonaldTrump will meet with Martin Luther King III to discuss his legacy #MLKDAY

— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) January 16, 2017

 

Senior transition sources initially said Trump would visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture Monday. But ABC later learned that the visit was removed from his calendar due to scheduling issues and was not fully planned out. Spicer said Monday that the president-elect was never planning to go to the museum.

"He was never going to Washington," Spicer asserted on Fox News. "I think what he was trying to do was find an appropriate way to celebrate and observe Martin Luther King's birthday. He is going to meet with a group of individuals today, including Martin Luther King III to talk about that legacy and celebrate the birthday of Dr. King."

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ABC News(WALTERBORO, S.C.) -- One father's joy was another father's heartbreak, after Charles Manigo learned that the girl he raised and believed to be his own daughter for 18 years was really another man's child.

"I named her -- a name I had for a year. Alexis Kelly," Manigo said. "She was the love of my life."

But what Manigo didn't know was that his former girlfriend, Gloria Williams, had allegedly snatched the girl from a maternity ward, and lied when she told him she'd given birth to the baby when he was away. The girl he called Alexis was really Kamiyah Mobley.

Mobley's biological father, Craig Aiken, was overjoyed that she'd finally been found, and said that all those years he and her biological mother would celebrate their daughter's birthday every year and imagine "how it would be if she were here" and "what we would do if she came came back," he said Friday, after officials announced that the girl was now returned to her birth parents.

"I love her," Aiken said. "I'm glad to see her. I love her."

Mobley grew up in Walterboro, South Carolina, thinking that Williams was her biological mother, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Friday. He said that she now appears to be a normal 18-year-old woman in good health.

Gloria Williams, 51, is in jail, charged with kidnapping for allegedly taking the newborn from a Jacksonville, Florida, hospital on July 10, 1998.

Manigo and Williams raised her from the time she was a newborn, sharing custody after they split up in 2003, and celebrating milestones together, like her prom, he said.

"The person she called dad for 18 years isn't her dad," Manigo said.

Williams was charged with kidnapping at a bond hearing on Friday in South Carolina. Bail was denied and another bond hearing will be held once she is extradited to Jacksonville, Florida, according to the sheriff's office.

"One of the hardest things she said on Friday was, 'Dad I love you,' even though she knows what's going on," Manigo said.

"I talk to her every day," he said. "The attention is overwhelming to her. She's still processing everything. It's a shock to me, it's a bigger shock to her."

Manigo said that even though he may not be Kamiyah's biological father, he will always be there for her.

"She's still my child," he said. "I understand what's going on, but she's still my child."


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Adam Rivera/ABC News(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.) — Stephon Ferguson, 48, discovered his "gift" by chance in the late 90s.

While mixing a vinyl recording of Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech with a music beat, he started to mimic King’s voice.

"A friend of mine heard me and came into the room asking if that was me,” Ferguson told ABC News. “I told him that it was and he said, ‘You should really learn King’s work. Imagine the people that you can bless by being able to reinvigorate Dr. King’s dream.'"

Since then, Ferguson has made it his life’s work to impersonate the civil rights leader and study King’s words.

Using one’s voice came naturally to Ferguson. Growing up in a large family with minister parents in Fayetteville, North Carolina, he was steeped him in the spoken word. But after graduating from high school he followed in his siblings' footsteps and joined the military.

“All of my brothers were in the military and three of my sisters. Seven of us served in every branch of the service except for the Navy,” Ferguson said.

After completing his service in 1993, he pursued a passion for broadcasting. He landed an on-air gig at 107.7 “The Flava” in Fayetteville. In his spare time, Ferguson was performing in an aspiring rap group called Peace 2 U.

“My friend was the leader of the group and I wrote a lot of rhymes and produced tracks for other rappers,” Ferguson said.

However, after realizing his ability to emulate King, Ferguson went to work committing King’s well-known speeches to memory. Starting with "I Have a Dream," he continued to memorize King’s "Letter From a Birmingham Jail" and has also perfected King’s final public speech "I’ve Been to the Mountaintop." According to Ferguson, “this talent is directly from God. There’s no way in the world I could do this myself. I would have never been able to memorize 30 minute speeches.”

During his study of King, Ferguson broke down the powerful speeches word by word. He’d note the crescendos and listen for nuances in tone. He also researched the circumstances surrounding the speeches. Before performing "I Have a Dream," Ferguson imagines himself as King in the early morning of Aug. 28, 1963, as the final touches were made to the historic speech.

Throughout the months of January and February, Ferguson’s schedule is packed crisscrossing the country. He gets booked to speak at churches, universities, business conferences and military bases. By 2005, he secured a license from the King Estate to perform the speeches legally.

Speaking as King has had a surprise impact on Ferguson’s life. It reminded him of a calling that he heard years ago. “I’ve actually been running from the call to the ministry for a while, but King has led me back,” he said.

He added, “People will always want to hear Dr. King’s words because they’re so prophetic. You can pull things that can help us today and it’s significant.”

Ferguson is enrolled at the Morehouse School of Religion and is an associate minister at the Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. “It has built my faith just studying King. You can build your faith off of what other people have been through,” Ferguson said.

When Ferguson is not traveling, he volunteers regularly at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. The site, which is operated by the National Park Service, is hallowed ground to those familiar with King’s life. King was baptized in 1934 at the church and his funeral was held there in 1968.

Ferguson intends to speak as King for as long as possible. For him, it’s a divine mission to carry on King’s spirit and message to inspire new generations just like he was years ago.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  Six deaths have been reported in parts of the Midwest as below-freezing weather and ice created havoc this weekend for travelers.

Five of the six deaths were vehicle-related. Two of the vehicle-related deaths occurred in Kansas, one of them took place in Oklahoma, and two more took place in Missouri, according to authorities in those states.

The sixth death took place in Missouri, and was called simply "weather related" by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

 Weather conditions also prompted the NFL to switch the AFC divisional playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Kansas City Chiefs to Sunday evening in an effort to allow more time to treat roads and parking lots at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium.

The game was scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. but now will start at 8:20 p.m ET, ESPN reported.

In the South, three people died as a result of vehicle crashes in rainy Arkansas. All three deaths were caused by wet roadways, according to the Arkansas State Police.

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Democratic lawmakers, taking a page from Sen. Bernie Sanders' grassroots approach to campaigning, reached out beyond Washington D.C. Sunday with a series of rallies aimed at building public pressure to save the Affordable Care Act.

A page on Sanders' website listed 41 different rallies Sunday around the country.

Sanders appeared at a rally in Warren, Michigan, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts headlined one in Boston.

Thousands braved frigid temperatures in Michigan to turn out for the rally outside in the parking lot of Macomb County Community College. The event was live-streamed on Sanders' Facebook account.

“This is the wealthiest country in the history of the world,” Sanders said at the rally, firing up the crowd despite the cold. “It’s time we got our priorities right.”

The Vermont independent called for a single-payer health care system, a proposal that he also made in his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.

“Our job today is to defend the Affordable Care Act," Sanders said Sunday. "Our job tomorrow is to create a Medicare-for-all single payer system.”

The crowd responded to the speech with chants of "Bern-ie, Bern-ie!"

Among those attending was Lisa Bible, 45, of Bancroft, Michigan, who said Obamacare has been an answer to her and her husband's prayers.

Bible said she suffers from an auto-immune disease and high cholesterol. She said she worries that if the health care law is repealed her family may get slammed with her medical bills.

 

All across the country today, Dems are hosting #OurFirstStand rallies to #savehealthcare. Boston is ready to fight back. pic.twitter.com/trBFuajayb

— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) January 15, 2017

 

Democrats' aggressive display of support for the Affordable Care Act, including in smaller states like Hawaii and Delaware, is an attempt to pressure Republicans into backing away from dismantling the legislation.

Sanders' emergence as one of the loudest defenders of the law could be seen as a pragmatic shift for the self-described Democratic Socialist, who has often acknowledged problems with the law.

On ABC News' This Week, Sanders warned Republicans against repealing Obamacare without anything to take its place.

"The vast majority of the American people agree with me and many others," he said. "You don't simply repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement."

Sanders' also left the door open to working across the aisle to improve the health care law.

“Nobody thinks that Obamacare is perfect. It has its problems,” he said, but, “Sensible people have got to work together.”

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly drawing inspiration for the first draft of his inaugural speech from presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan -- which may serve him well with the American people who believe those presidents' inaugural addresses were among the best.

Together with our partners at SSRS survey research firm, we asked Americans which U.S. president has given the best inaugural speech. The top choice among respondents was outgoing President Barack Obama, followed by presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.

Asked if they plan to tune in to watch Trump's inaugural address on Friday, Jan. 20, forty-one percent of Americans said no, 38 percent said yes and 21 percent said they are unsure if they will watch.

Americans are also divided on how they feel about Trump's taking office. Asked what one word best describes how they feel about the upcoming inauguration, respondents said "excited," "hopeful," "scared" and "sad."

The ABC News/SSRS Poll was conducted using the SSRS Probability Panel. Interviews were conducted online from January 12 – January 13, 2017 among a nationally representative sample of 267 respondents age 18 and older. The margin of error for total respondents is /-7.7% at the 95% confidence level. Design effect is 1.63. The SSRS Probability Panel is a probability-based, online panel of adults recruited from random digit dialed landline and cell phone numbers. For more information, visit http://ssrs.com/abc-news-ssrs-opinion-poll-week-fifteen-topline/

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Jacksonville Sheriff's Office(WALTERBORO, S.C.) -- Eighteen years after she was kidnapped as a baby, Kamiyah Mobley has reunited with her biological parents, while the woman she believed to be her mother remains behind bars.

Authorities in Jacksonville, Florida, revealed Friday they had found Mobley in Walterboro, South Carolina, after a tip led authorities to Gloria Williams, 51, and DNA testing proved Mobley's identity.

Mobley's biological father Craig Aiken said on Saturday he was grateful he could reunite with his daughter.

"First meeting was beautiful, wonderful," he said. "Couldn't have gone no better."

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Gloria Williams allegedly posed as a nurse at a Jacksonville hospital to kidnap Mobley eight hours after she was on born on July 10, 1998. She has raised Mobley as "Alexis Manigo" since she was abducted, according to police.

At Williams' bond hearing on Friday, Mobley showed support for Williams, calling herself "her daughter, Alexis," and told her she loved her and was "praying for her."

Williams remains in Colleton County Jail in South Carolina without bond and is expected to be extradited to Jacksonville, which could take up to 20 days.

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Orlando Police Department(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Thousands gathered in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday to mourn the death of a veteran police officer killed in a shooting this week as officials continue to search for her killer.

Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, who was posthumously promoted to lieutenant by Orlando Police Chief John Mina, was a wife and mother who served on the force for 17 years. She was gunned down while on duty Monday morning by a suspect accused of murdering a pregnant woman, police said.

Mina saluted her life's "work to help our youth and make this a better place to live." He added that Clayton last year was one of 10 out of 80 sergeants promoted to master sergeant.

"You exhibited the best in policing," he said. "You set an example not just for officers but for all people."

Authorities are offering a $100,000 reward for help capturing suspect Markeith Loyd, 41, but officials have said they believe people are harboring the suspect, which is considered a felony.

"We're not going to stop looking for them, either," Mina said earlier this week of those helping Loyd. "If people know of people who are harboring Markeith Loyd ... they need to call 911."

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Alex Wong/Getty Images)(WASHINGTON) -- Ahead of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration in less than a week, thousands led by Rev. Al Sharpton gathered in Washington, D.C. for a rally organizers said was to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and protect President Obama's legacy.

In the "We Shall Not Be Moved" civil rights march organized by Sharpton's National Action Network, demonstrators marched in the snow and rain from Washington Monument to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

Sharpton told attendees that "talking loud, saying nothing, tweeting in the middle of the night" does not "make you great," in an apparent reference to Trump's Twitter comments about civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.). Lewis said Friday on NBC he did not consider Trump to be a "legitimate president."

"Great is when you can look hate in the face and refuse to hate and become like the haters," Sharpton said.

He also called on Democrats and "moderate Republicans to get some backbone."

"You may switch presidents, but we just going to switch legs and keep on marching," Sharpton said. "We won't be back down. We won't be trumped."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A tweet posted by the city of Biloxi, Mississippi, Friday night referred to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as "Great Americans Day" -- in an apparent attempt to also honor the birth of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.

"Non-emergency municipal offices in Biloxi will be closed on Monday in observance of Great Americans Day," read the tweet.

A backlash immediately ensued, with thousands of angry individuals taking to the city's social media accounts to question why the Gulf Coast city didn't refer to Monday as the federally-observed holiday named in honor of the iconic civil rights leader.

The city later edited a similarly-worded Facebook post, to describe "Great Americans Day" as "a state-named holiday."

But that assertion isn't exactly the case: The list of state holidays on the government of Mississippi's website does not list either Martin Luther King, Jr. Day nor "Great Americans Day." It does, however, cite the state's observance of both King and Lee's birthdays on the third Monday of January -- without explicitly naming the day.

In fact, the genesis of "Great Americans Day" appears to stem from the municipal level. ABC affiliate WLOX reports that the name change was introduced to city council on Dec. 23, 1985, and approved on Dec. 31, 1985.

The city of Biloxi echoed that sentiment in a written statement following the backlash:

"Biloxi Mayor Andrew 'FoFo' Gilich, responding to a flurry of comments about a city tweet today referring to Monday as 'Great Americans Day,' believes the Biloxi City Council on Tuesday should take steps to update the city's Code of Ordinances to reflect the official federal name of the holiday, 'Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,' commonly known as 'Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day," read the statement.

Gilich says in the statement, "In my opinion that is the appropriate step to take, for the holiday to have the same name as the federal holiday. This city's longstanding support of our annual MLK celebrations speaks volumes about our support for this holiday. In fact, we've always celebrated this day as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day."

The city's statement also acknowledges that the city council did indeed pass a motion to honor other notable Americans. "The issue arose this afternoon when the city tweeted a one-line sentence that said non-emergency city offices would be closed on Monday 'in observance of Great Americans Day," reads the statement.

It continues, "The name has since been traced back to a City Council on Dec. 23, 1985 to proclaim the third Monday of every January 'to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as well as other great Americans who have made important contributions to the birth, growth and evolution of this country.'"

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ABC News(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- Authorities have found and identified a woman in South Carolina who was abducted from a Florida hospital more than 18 years ago as a newborn baby.

The woman, named Kamiyah Mobley at birth, was kidnapped on July 10, 1998, just hours after she was born at a Jacksonville hospital, according to Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams.

She was abducted by a woman, now identified as Gloria Williams, who had posed as a nurse and told Mobley's mother that the baby had a fever and she needed to take her away, Mike Williams said at a news conference Friday.

Gloria Williams, now 51, was able to walk out of the hospital with Mobley and was never caught -- until now. She has been arrested and charged with kidnapping, officials said at the news conference.

Mobley grew up in Walterboro, South Carolina, thinking that Gloria Williams was her biological mother, according to the sheriff. He said that she now appears to be a normal 18-year-old woman in good health.

The sheriff added that Mobley has been living under a different name for the past 18 years. Officials are not releasing her current name in the interest of reducing any further trauma.

Mobley began to suspect a few months ago that she may have been involved in the reported 1998 abduction case, the sheriff said. She recently submitted a DNA sample to authorities and the sample came back positive this past Thursday night, he said.

Mobley's biological mother, father, grandmother and a couple of close family friends have been notified and they are extremely excited, the sheriff said.

Craig Aiken, Mobley's biological father, told ABC News Friday he has spoken with Mobley over the phone and on Skype, along with her biological mother.

"It was like the end of a nightmare," Aiken said. "I can't even explain it."

Aiken said that he and Mobley's biological mother would celebrate her birthday every year and would imagine "how it would be if she were here" and "what we would do if she came came back."

He added that he expects Mobley to visit her place of birth very soon and that the they would take it "day by day" to slowly "transition back to a happy family."

Mobley's biological grandmother, Velma Aiken, told ABC News that the family cried "tears of joy" when they were informed by police that her granddaughter had been found. Velma Aiken said it felt like they had known each other all along.

Although she was "bitter and empty" toward Williams for "stealing" her "grandbaby," Velma Aiken said she is grateful that Williams was "willing to raise her right."

Williams was charged with kidnapping at a bond hearing on Friday in South Carolina. Bail was denied and another bond hearing will be held once she is extradited to Jacksonville, Florida, according to the sheriff's office.

Mobley, who identified herself as "Alexis" in court, began to cry when her mother was denied bond. She told Williams that she is "praying for her."

"Mama, I love you," she said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Federal investigators have determined that the Chicago Police Department has violated the constitutional rights of citizens for years in numerous ways, such as using excessive force, permitting racially discriminatory conduct and shooting individuals who posed no immediate threats, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.

“One of my highest priorities as attorney general has been to ensure that every American enjoys police protection that is lawful, responsive and transparent,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement Friday in announcing the findings. “Sadly, our thorough investigation into the Chicago Police Department found that far too many residents of this proud city have not received that kind of policing.”

After a year-long probe into the city’s 12,000-officer police force, which began in December 2015 after the release of a dashcam video of a white officer’s shooting a black teen, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the North District of Illinois released on Friday a scathing 161-page report that details their findings of “systemic deficiencies” in training and accountability that investigators say have led to a pattern or practice of using force in violation of the Constitution.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois said “these findings are not new” and should come as no surprise to Chicago residents.

After the report’s release, officials from the Justice Department and the city of Chicago said Friday they have signed an agreement in principle to work together, with community input, to create a federal court-enforceable consent decree addressing the deficiencies uncovered during the investigation. An independent monitor, who has yet to be chosen, will oversee compliance with the consent decree, according to the Justice Department.

“While the Chicago Police Department has made real progress and achieved meaningful reforms, the incidents described in this report are sobering to all of us,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told reporters Friday. “Police misconduct will not be tolerated anywhere in this city and those who break the rules will be held accountable for their actions.”

Here are some highlights from the report:

CPD Uses Deadly Force in Violation of Constitution

According to the report, federal investigators found that the Chicago Police Department engaged in a pattern or practice of using force that is unreasonable and unconstitutional, including the following: shooting at fleeing suspects who presented no immediate threat; shooting at vehicles without justification; using less-lethal force, including Tasers, against people who pose no threat; using force to retaliate against and punish individuals; and using excessive force against juveniles.

“This pattern is largely attributable to systemic deficiencies within CPD and the City,” the report stated, citing, among other shortcomings, the department’s historical failure to train its officers in de-escalation and failure to conduct meaningful investigations of uses of force.

For instance, federal investigators observed police academy training on deadly force that consisted of a video made decades ago, which the report said was inconsistent with both current law and the Chicago Police Department’s own policies.

“The impact of this poor training was apparent when we interviewed recruits who recently graduated from the Academy: only one in six recruits we spoke with came close to properly articulating the legal standard for use of force,” the report stated. “Post-Academy field training is equally flawed.”

The deficiencies in officer training are exacerbated by the lack of adequate supervision provided to officers in the field, the report said.

The Majority of Cases Are Not Investigated

The report found the city of Chicago fails to investigate the majority of cases it is required to by law, including misconduct allegations filed against police officers. The ones that are investigated, “with rare exception, suffer from entrenched investigative deficiencies and biased techniques,” and discipline taken against the accused officers is “haphazard,” “unpredictable” and “does little to deter misconduct,” according to the report.

Federal investigators, who reviewed hundreds of investigative files, found that civilian and officer witnesses – and even the accused officers – are frequently not interviewed during an investigation. The city investigators also frequently failed to collect basic evidence and have allowed union representatives and attorneys to “coach officers in the middle of recorded interviews -- with official protocols actually prohibiting investigators from preventing this, or even referring to it on tape,” the report stated.

The report also detailed a lack of transparency regarding officer misconduct complaints, saying the “complainants themselves are often kept in the dark about the status of their cases” and the city investigators do not provide periodic updates to individuals complaining of officer misconduct.

“Several complainants told us that they were left unaware of what was happening with their complaint for months, or even years – and some never heard back at all,” the report stated.

CPD ‘Tolerated Racially Discriminatory Conduct’

The report called on the city of Chicago to address “serious concerns” about systemic deficiencies within the police department that disproportionately affect black and Latino communities. According to the report, statistics show the Chicago Police Department uses force almost 10 times more often against blacks than against whites.

“CPD’s pattern or practice of unreasonable force and systemic deficiencies fall heaviest on the predominantly black and Latino neighborhoods on the South and West Sides of Chicago, which are also experiencing higher crime,” the report stated. “As a result, residents in black neighborhoods suffer more of the harms caused by breakdowns in uses of force, training, supervision, accountability and community policing.”

According to the report, the Chicago Police Department “tolerated racially discriminatory conduct” that federal investigators say contributes to its pattern of unreasonable force. Federal investigators reviewed the police department’s complaint database, which showed 980 police misconduct complaints coded as discriminatory verbal abuse on the basis of race or ethnicity from 2011 to March 2016. Just 13 of those complaints, or 1.3 percent, were sustained, generally when there was audio, video or other irrefutable evidence, the report said.

Federal investigators found 354 complaints for the use of the word “n-----“ or one of its variations. Only four, or 1.1 percent, of these complaints were sustained, according to the report.

Federal investigators also found that some officers expressed discriminatory views and intolerance with regard to race, religion, gender and national origin in public social media forums. Meanwhile, the police department failed to take sufficient steps to prevent or appropriately respond to this issue, the report said.

The report urged the city to restore its police-community trust by addressing both discriminatory conduct and the disproportionality of illegal and unconstitutional patterns of force on minority communities.

“We have serious concerns about the prevalence of racially discriminatory conduct by some CPD officers and the degree to which that conduct is tolerated and in some respects caused by deficiencies in CPD's systems of training, supervision and accountability,” the report stated.

CPD’s Promotions System Viewed as Political and Unfair

According to the report, officers in the Chicago Police Department can be promoted to detective, sergeant or lieutenant based on test scores or evaluation of other merit-based criteria. Legal challenges of discriminatory impact and allegations of improper exam procedures have prompted several significant reforms to the department’s promotions system. However, the report said, federal investigators spoke to officers who continued to express skepticism.

“One of the major complaints from officers we interviewed is that CPD’s promotions system lacks transparency regarding the nomination and qualification process for merit promotions. This has led many officers to believe that merit promotions are a reward for cronyism, rather than a recognition of excellence that was overlooked by the testing process,” the report stated.

“Many of the officers we spoke with — minority and non-minority alike — told us that they feel merit promotions are not truly based on ‘merit,’ but rather the ‘clout’ you hold in the Department or ‘who you know.’”

The report continues: “In reality, there are documented instructions and guidance for merit promotion nominators and decision makers, but this information is not widely known.”

Insufficient Support for Officer Wellness and Safety

The federal investigation found that the acute stress and pressure Chicago police officers face each day weigh heavily on them. For instance, the report found that the rising levels of gun violence in Chicago neighborhoods where the relationship between officers and the communities they serve is strained, making it difficult to police effectively.

“Our investigation found that these stressors can, and do, play out in harmful ways for CPD officers,” the report stated. “CPD deals with officer alcoholism, domestic violence and suicide. And as explained elsewhere in this Report, CPD officers engage in a pattern or practice of using force that is unjustified, disproportionate and otherwise excessive.”

The report continued: “Although the pressure CPD officers are under is by no means an excuse for violating the constitutional rights of the citizens they serve, high levels of unaddressed stress can compromise officer well-being and impact an officer’s demeanor and judgment, which in turn impacts how that officer interacts with the public.”

The report said Chicago officers need greater support from both the police department’s leadership as well as the city, adding that both parties “should think meaningfully about how to better address the stressors” these offices face.

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