We Are Done Dying - NAACP Campaign

Betty,

If the indefensible murder of George Floyd was not already enough, last night we watched in horror as our people were shot at, tear gassed and beaten.

Enough. We are done dying.

This moment calls for us to unite around the outrage we feel and fight for the justice we demand. And that’s exactly what the NAACP is doing. We will not rest until we see these officers charged and convicted for the murder of George Floyd. We will not stop until everyone from the White House to the streets of the Twin Cities knows: We are done dying.


You can join the fight now by supporting the NAACP. Your gift will be put to work immediately pursuing justice in this case and demanding change to the systemic racism that led to this tragedy and to the countless others that tear apart the Black community every day.

The murder of George Floyd by police is an unspeakable tragedy. But sadly, police brutality against the Black community is a continuous and ever-present danger. It comes out of the systemic racism and prejudice ingrained in the fabric of this nation for decades and is currently being refueled and reinvigorated by the President.

Leslie Redmond, President of NAACP Minneapolis, demands justice at the frontlines.

After last night’s tragedy, President Trump tweeted that “THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd” and that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

That is a disgraceful and dangerous statement. The only people dishonoring the memory of George Floyd – indeed of all the black men and women whose lives are needlessly taken – are those who support the brutality perpetuated against our people.

We must hold all involved criminally accountable for the death of Mr. Floyd. And we must do it now.

Please add your voice to this call for justice. Stand with the NAACP today.

The uprising spreading across this country from Minneapolis to Louisville and beyond is born of the hate, bigotry and racism felt by our communities every day.

What we’re seeing isn’t reactionary violence, it’s Black communities coming together and declaring once and for all that we are done dying.

Last night, in the midst of peaceful protests, rioters with their own agenda have become the national focal point. But we can’t afford to lose sight of what’s really important: justice for George Floyd and for all black men and women who have needlessly lost their lives.

I know there’s a lot of anger, sadness, frustration and confusion out there. But I also know that if we can channel those emotions, if we can focus our pain, we can create change. I hope you will decide today to join with us in our demand for justice, change and a more equal America.

In Solidarity,

Derrick Johnson
@DerrickNAACP
President and CEO
NAACP

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Statement on the Montgomery County NAACP on the Shooting of Finan Berhe

The Montgomery County Branch of the NAACP is deeply saddened  by the May 7, 2020 police-involved shooting of Mr. Finan Berhe.

We commend the Montgomery County Police Department for the immediate release of the body camera footage of this tragic incident.

The body camera video of the incident depicts Officer Cohen discharging his weapon within seconds of arriving on the scene.  Although the officer issued several warnings to Mr. Berhe, the video clearly shows that Mr. Berhe is in an agitated state and possibly suffering from a mental health crisis. Instead of employing de-escalation techniques, Officer Cohen continued to loudly yell commands to drop a knife.

In the failure of the officer to employ de-escalation techniques, this incident is reminiscent of the 2018 shooting death of Robert White.  

It is disheartening that after two years, many discussions, and county legislation geared toward improving community-police interactions, we are must once again witness a police-involved killing of a Black male.

The Montgomery County NAACP calls upon the Montgomery County Police, the County Executive and the County Council to 1) immediately increase de-escalation training; 2) release the recording of the 911 call that lead to this incident; 3) issue all reports required by the LETT Act, and 4) appoint civilians to the Policing Advisory Commission.

While no action can bring back Mr. Berhe, the political leadership of this county must act to prevent future tragic incidents.