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NAACP Will Take the Time to Get the Facts Straight

Sojourner’s Truth Staff

On Tuesday, July 31 the NAACP Toledo Chapter held a press conference at the Mott Branch Library to emphasize the group’s determination to avoid rushing headlong into controversial situations without knowing all the facts first.

NAACP's Ray Wood and chapter officers

Referring specifically to the fatal police shooting of the previous weekend, Ray Wood, chapter president, noted that the suppositions in that incident came out well before the facts. The deceased, Lamar Richardson, who was being followed by officers of the Toledo Police Department because he was suspect in the string of convenience store robberies, was shot in north Toledo after he was seen with a firearm according to video released by the TPD hours after the shooting. However, reports came out prematurely that it was an unarmed teenager who had been shot in the back by the police.

The Richardson shooting, noted Micheal Alexander, local chapter vice president, was the third in a series of high-profile incidents in recent weeks, including the Ryin Douglas-Reed traffic stop that appeared on social media and the racist graffiti spray painted on a house.

“We appreciate the transparency of the administration,” Alexander said of Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz and the manner in which he has reached out to the NAACP and other African-American leaders, especially after the most recent incident.

“I think we would hope people would take time and exhale,” said Wood, “make sure we know what we are talking about and be part of the solution and not the problem.”


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Revised: 08/16/18 14:12:12 -0700.

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