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ABC News: NAACP president calls for justice for Jayland Walker 

NAACP President Derrick Johnson reacts to the shooting death of Jayland Walker, a Black man killed by police in Akron, Ohio.

Washington Post: Akron police release video of officers shooting Black man dozens of times
In a statement after the footage was released, NAACP President Derrick Johnson called the shooting “disgusting.”
“This wasn’t self-defense, it wasn’t an accident in the heat of the moment, it was murder. Point blank,” Johnson said. “This Black man was killed — struck more than 60 times by 90 fired bullets — for a possible traffic violation. This doesn’t happen to white people in America. … We know that pulling over for the police is often a death sentence.”

 

PBS: After police kill unarmed Black man Jayland Walker, Akron police release bodycam footage
Demonstrators marched peacefully through the city and gathered in front of the Akron justice center after the video was released. NAACP President Derrick Johnson said in a statement that Walker’s death wasn’t self-defense, but “was murder. Point blank.” Late Sunday, police in full riot gear fired a dozen tear gas cannisters to disperse a handful of protesters outside the justice center, WKYC-TV reported.

 

NBC News: Ohio police release graphic bodycam video in fatal shooting of Jayland Walker
NAACP President Derrick Johnson described Walker’s death in a statement Sunday as a “murder” and said pulling over for police “is often a death sentence.” “This Black man was killed — struck more than 60 times by 90 fired bullets — for a possible traffic violation,” Johnson said. “This doesn’t happen to white people in America. Why do police continuously target us like domestic terrorists? We are just trying to live our lives, and we are tired of being hunted like prey.”

 

USA Today: Akron police release ‘heartbreaking’ footage of Jayland Walker being shot up to 60 times: Live updates
NAACP President Derrick Johnson issued a statement saying the officers involved should be held accountable. “This wasn’t self-defense, it wasn’t an accident in the heat of the moment, it was murder. Point blank,” Johnson said. “This Black man was killed – struck more than 60 times by 90 fired bullets – for a possible traffic violation. This doesn’t happen to white people in America.”

 

BET: Outrage After Graphic Video Shows 8 Ohio Cops Fired 60 Bullets At Unarmed Jayland Walker
NAACP President Derrick Johnson said in a statement that Walker’s death wasn’t self-defense, but “murder. Point blank.” “This Black man was killed – struck more than 60 times by 90 fired bullets – for a possible traffic violation. This doesn’t happen to white people in America. Why do police continuously target us like domestic terrorists? We are just trying to live our lives, and we are tired of being hunted like prey,” said Johnson, according to The Guardian.

 

WPG Talk Radio: National NAACP: Most Important Atlantic City Convention Since 1964
This is not hyperbole. This Thursday, July 14, 2022, is the beginning of the most important national convention to be held in Atlantic City, New Jersey since the Democratic National Convention in 1964. Before his assassination, 1964 was supposed to be President John F. Kennedy’s convention and it wound up being President Lyndon B. Johnson’s.

The Philadelphia Sun: The 113th NAACP National Convention being held in Atlantic City from July 14-20
Our collective voice is power. Our community is power. And when we gather? Powerful. The 113th NAACP National Convention is the perfect setting to strengthen civil rights and every form of socio-economic equality. Join us in Atlantic City from July 14-20 as we convene to progress policies that impact Black America.

 

Press of Atlantic City: NAACP bringing #ThisIsPower theme to Atlantic City Convention
The annual 113th NAACP National Convention will be taking place in Atlantic City this July and the theme is going to be centered around the hashtag #ThisIsPower. Ever since its inception, each convention has had a specific theme centered around it. The last two conventions were held in a virtual setting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They each had the theme #FightingForward and the events highlighted racial justice.

 

KSDK: ‘It is alarming to see how many lives are lost’: NAACP updates St. Louis area police chase review
NAACP officials said they requested involvement from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for assistance to review and modify police chase policies in St. Louis city and county. The NAACP’s news conference called on police in St. Louis and St. Louis County to change their pursuit tactics. They said the only technology both departments are using as a way to slow down fleeing cars right now are spike strips. Both chapter presidents want more.

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