The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, is disappointed by the decision by President Trump’s Department of Justice not to bring civil rights charges against the six Baltimore Police officers who were associated with the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.
BALTIMORE – The following is a statement from Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP: “The NAACP is deeply frustrated that the trial of Michael Slager, the former North Charleston police officer who fatally shot Walter Scott, an unarmed black man after a routine traffic stop in 2015 has ended in a mistrial.
The NAACP in its letter wrote: “We ask whether there is a need for a second (federal) order to resolve racial discrimination (by requiring) a special master to oversee promotions, balance in assignments and disputes?” “The state police and the state attorney called the NAACP with results of their investigation, where they found no reason to render any charges against Officer Blackwell,” the letter reads.
At a press conference in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday, the NAACP and members of the clergy announced that the Department of Justice is launching an investigation into the police shooting death of an African-American male named Keith Lamont Scott.
On Thursday’s broadcast of “CNN Newsroom,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg NAACP President Minister Corine Mack argued that “it doesn’t really matter” if Keith Lamont Scott had a gun when he was shot by police. Mack said that the police should release video of the Scott incident.
NAACP Statement on Fatal Shooting of Terence Crutcher During Police Encounter in Tulsa, OK | Press Room
“Yesterday, the Tulsa Police Department released video footage, captured from three different views, that shows two officers fatally shooting Terence Crutcher, 40, of Tulsa, during a traffic stop. Crutcher was shot after walking to his car with his hands up. The video footage of Crutcher’s death tragically and horrifically shows us the futility of our cry: “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot.”
St. Louis attorney Anthony Gray was thrown into the national spotlight when he and his legal team represented the Brown family in the civil wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of slain teenager Michae
Just days after two black men were killed by police in Baton Rouge and Minneapolis and a black man killed five white police officers in Dallas, NAACP President Cornell William Brooks said people need to be “morally surgical” when dealing with questions of fault between police officers and members of the black community.