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NAACP President & CEO Statement on Release of Patrick Lyoya Shooting Video

NAACP President & CEO Derrick Johnson:
“... we must do everything in our power to protect our community.”
WASHINGTON -

Today, Grand Rapids police released the video of the fatal shooting of Patrick Lyoya, an unarmed Black man who was killed at a traffic stop. NAACP President & CEO Derrick Johnson released the following statement in response: 

"This is horrifying, heartbreaking, and deeply frustrating because we had meaningful legislation designed to avoid exactly what we are all witnessing in this video. The law enforcement officer involved has blood on his hands, and so do the partisan senators who killed the George Floyd Justice In Policing Act, a bill aimed at reducing police brutality and holding law enforcement accountable for egregious abuses of power. An unregistered license plate should not be a death sentence. Another Black man has died at the hands of police, and the officer in this video has got to be held accountable. President Biden, sign the police reform executive order now. While we fully understand an executive order is not a substitute for meaningful legislation, we must do everything in our power to protect our community. This executive order is not sufficient, but it is necessary.”

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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.

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