Georgia NAACP Demands Justice for Rayshard Brooks
Updated: Jul 24, 2020
ATLANTA - On a conference call earlier today, NAACP State President Reverend James Woodall demanded answers in the shooting of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks by Atlanta Police Officers.
Reverend Woodall demanded the following:
- The immediate resignation of Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields
*Chief Shields resigned today (June 13, 2020)
- The immediate resignation of the two officers involved in the shooting
- The immediate release of the bodycam footage from both officers
Reverend Woodall also expressed that, while being a predominately Black city, Atlanta was not immune to the problems of the rest of the country, "Atlanta is not the Black Mecca, nor is it some fictional city named 'Wakanda' where everything is hunky dory. Our communities are being terrorized by the police."
He also criticized what he considered a lack of response by Atlanta. "Here it is, 2:00 p.m. and complete silence from Atlanta's elected officials." The NAACP did not demand the resignation of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms, stating, "Mayor Bottoms has a huge responsibility to put forth public resources that the community supports." Woodall also said it is time for Mayor Bottoms to take the initiative to insure that she has not only a well prepared police department, but also one that considers the public it serves. "We are done dying," he said. "We will do everything in our power to hold our elected officials for their actions and their silence."