NAACP Discusses Ferguson Situation at Monthly Meeting

NAACP Discusses Ferguson Situation at Monthly Meeting

The local chapter of the St. Joseph NAACP discussed race and the militarization of police at their meeting.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The recent unrest in Ferguson has sparked strong emotions throughout the country.

On Tuesday night, the St. Joseph chapter of the N.A.A.C.P. addressed racial issues in America.

It was their first meeting since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown more than two weeks ago.

"It isn't just about Michael Brown. It's a culmination of things that have happened all over the nation," said Reverend Stephen Robbs, a member of the NAACP's local chapter.

Organizers say they wanted to hold an open forum and hear from the community in light of the shooting and the response in the days after.

"It's an issue that arouses passions not only in Ferguson but all around the nation," said Drew Brown, the treasurer for the chapter and a retired Lt. Colonel in the military.

Speaker after speaker shared their thoughts, including their own experiences with racism.

"It's about learning from one another, coming together with one another," said one man who spoke.

Brown says the militarization of police is an issue that needs to be addressed after the response in Ferguson.

"When I saw the photographs my first reaction was my gosh, this is in Afghanistan," he said. "It was troubling to see that...directed against United States citizens."

"Our questions are why don't we use the taser, could we have not done it in a better way?" said Robbs.

In an official statement by the organization, the NAACP says they will remain vigilant until accountability and justice are served for those who lose their lives to misguided police practices throughout the country.

"Like everyone, we want a thorough, unbiased investigation," said Brown.

A grand jury is investigating whether charges will be filed against Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Michael Brown. A decision may not be made for several weeks.

Police say Michael Brown attacked Wilson and reached for his gun in the moments before the shooting.
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