For Immediate Release
Phone: (202) 463-2940
NC NAACP Statement Press Conference Location 700 W. Sugar Creek Rd. Charlotte NC 28213,
CHARLOTTE - Today, the North Carolina NAACP State Conference stands with those in mourning in the city of Charlotte. We call for the full release of all facts available. We ask that the city of Charlotte be transparent with any video and any additional information held by the city that can bring light in the tragic death of Mr. Keith Lamont Scott at the hands of a Charlotte police officer yesterday.
The NAACP has had more than 100-years of experience in analyzing, grieving and learning from officer-involved shootings and we grieve every loss. We believe in full investigations, and listening first before speaking. Initial statements are often affected by loyalties-- both institutional and familial. In these days of ready video and audio recordings, we believe that reviewing these recordings can and will help both sides get to the truth.
Our local branch has reached out to us, as well as The U.S. Department of Justice. We are reaching out to the family of Mr. Scott and the city officials to offer our support.
We support those who exercise the right to peacefully protest, and encourage the first amendment right to call for redress of wrongs. We stand against efforts that undermine the legitimate calls for justice with unjust, random or purposeless acts of violence.
Today, we are in Charlotte talking with the family, key members of the community and City leaders. Once we have completed our preliminary investigation, the State Conference will host a 1pm press conference. The news conference will take place at Mayfield Memorial Missionary Baptist Church, 700 W. Sugar Creek Road, Charlotte NC 28213
Our objective is simple: to ensure justice-loving people act toward Justice, with all evidence, and that we stand together and act from a place of power and love, rather than out of fear and anger. Our Movement must always ensure our work promotes both Truth and Justice; in many cultures and languages, these two sacred ideas are one word and one idea.
Forward Together! Not One Step Backward,
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
Founded Feb. 12. 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots–based civil rights organization. Its more than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.