Local NAACP branch calls on law enforcement to ban knee holds

Peaceful protests and demonstrations along with rioting and looting are taking place in cities across the nation in response to the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. In response, civil rights groups have spurred a call to action and invited local law enforcement leaders to begin a conversation surrounding use of force.

In a letter from Tracy Flood, President of the NAACP’s Bremerton branch, Flood said Bremerton stands with the Minneapolis branch.

“The murder of George Floyd by police is an unspeakable tragedy,” Flood’s letter reads. “Sadly, police brutality against the Black community has been an ever-present occurrence, dating back to its roots as a method used to preserve the system of slavery.”

In her letter, Flood regarded the arrest of Derek Chauvin — the officer caught on video pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck, shortly before he died — as “not enough.”

“There are three other officers who are just as complicit in killing Mr. Floyd. We want them all charged for their role in this inexcusable death.”

Despite local leaders in law enforcement releasing a statement last Friday condemning the actions of the Minneapolis officers, in her letter Flood demanded “more must be done.”

“We are extending an invitation to our law enforcement leaders to join the zoom panel for an open dialog. This is a call to action beyond protests. The following will be addressed: that our Kitsap municipalities have standing Citizen’s Review Boards – with subpoena power and/or an accountability structure put in place to do so and that Police Departments ban the use of knee holds as acceptable in use of force continuums. This is a call to action Bremerton, Bainbridge, Port Orchard, Poulsbo law enforcement leaders will you answer the call?”

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