SOUTH BOSTON — Black leaders gathered in this Southside mill town Saturday to demand a federal investigation and the resignation of the South Boston police chief in the wake of videos showing three officers repeatedly shocking a handcuffed man with a stun gun before he died in their custody. State and local leaders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference said the just-released videos of the 2013 incident show “inhumane treatment” and abuse of authority by the officers. They also called for the suspension of Taser use in Virginia, the immediate firing of the three officers involved, the resignation of South Boston Police Chief James W. Binner and his top assistant, and an executive order from the governor appointing the attorney general as special prosecutor in cases where police could be responsible for the death of an unarmed civilian.
The state NAACP is pushing Gov. Terry McAuliffe and lawmakers to create a special prosecutor to investigate when people die in police custody.
“If you are arrested, and if you are in the custody of police officials, and your custody ends in your death … we want a special prosecutor appointed by the governor to deal with that case,” said Jack Gravely, interim executive director of the Virginia State Conference NAACP, speaking at an advocacy day Monday in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
The interim executive director of the Virginia NAACP called for an independent investigation into the fatal police shooting of an 18-year-old black teen armed with a BB gun in Roanoke County last month.
“Jack Gravely joined Brenda Hale, the president of the Roanoke branch of the NAACP, for a press conference Wednesday evening on the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge in Roanoke. They reiterated demands Hale made last week that the Roanoke County Police Department conduct an unbiased and transparent investigation into the death of Kionte Desean Spencer.Read More
The Martinsville-Henry County NAACP held a demonstration at Kroger in Martinsville on Monday to protest the firing of an African-American man employed at the grocery store for 25 years, according to NAACP President Naomi Hodge-Muse.
n addition to that incident, Hodge-Muse alleged that there had been other racially-motivated incidents at the grocery store.Read More
Two days after prosecutors revealed they would not charge police officers in the death of Linwood Raymond Lambert Jr., a small group of protestors gathered at the Courthouse lawn Wednesday to mark the third anniversary of his passing.
Supporters of the late Richmond forklift operator and his family also conveyed a message: “It’s not over,” said Halifax County-South Boston NAACP President Kevin Chandler.Read More
Another death while in police custody. Another unsatisfactory conclusion.
Prosecutors have decided not to charge police officers in the death of Linwood R. Lambert Jr., a Richmond man who died May 4, 2013, after being repeatedly shocked with a stun gun by South Boston police officers.Read More