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NAACP Calls for Probe of Charlotte PD: 'We're Not Anti-Police. We're Anti-Murder'

09-27-2016
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The NAACP has issued a list of demands in response to the shooting death of black man by a police officer. The group is also calling for a federal investigation of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

On Monday, members of the North Carolina NAACP and the Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice met at the Little Rock AME Zion Church in Charlotte and demanded major criminal justice reform, and for the topic to be addressed at presidential, gubernatorial and senatorial debates. 

They also called for media outlets to broaden their analysis of violence "to include social violence inflicted by extremist policies such as the denial of Medicaid expansion and living wages." 

NAACP President Rev. William Barber said the organization is not convinced that the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott was justified based on the dash camera and body camera footage released over the weekend.

Barber called for police to immediately release all footage relating to Scott's death, as well as accountability for officers who were wearing body cameras when Scott was shot. 

"We are not anti-police. We are anti-murder by police, we are anti-police brutality, we are anti-police violence," Barber said. "We protest because we will not allow race to be a trigger for death."

The NAACP also called for the repeal of House Bill 972, which blocks the public from getting police video recordings.

"That bill requires a court order to release footage of police recordings, thus shrouding in secrecy a system already distrusted by the public," Barber said. "It would be good and you would feel much safer if you knew that the police cameras were on. But why have them on and not have access to them?" 

More footage from the shooting will reportedly be released soon.

 

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